Obama and his Administration are merely the symptom of a greater problem... the progressive subversion of our Constitutional Republic. The following items hold the KEYS to reforming our government:
1) A 'Term limits' Amendment: One 6yr term for all elected and appointed officers and judges; with 1/3rd standing for election or appointment, every other year. Eliminate the professional political class and return our government to the people and CITIZEN Politicians.
2) A 'Balanced Budget' Amendment: Require the Federal Budget to be balanced within 6yrs. Provide provisions to exceed the budget only in times of 'declared war' and for 'national emergencies' as approved by 3/4ths vote of the Congress (both houses). Return sound fiscal policy to government.
3) Elimination of the Federal Reserve and private central banking: return the power to coin and manage our currency and the public debt, to the US Treasury and Congress... (alone). End PRIVATE central banking as the arbiters of our currency policy.
4) Repeal of the 16th and 17th Amendments: Return to the Constitutions original forms of taxation and reaffirm States rights. Return the method for selecting Senators to the States. Phase in the elimination of federal income taxes over 6yrs. Reinforce States rights and eliminate the power to levy direct taxes upon the people by the federal government.
These four actions, will go a long way to reestablishing our Constitutional Republic. A small federal government of citizen politicians, capable of managing the common interest of the Republic (thru the enumerated powers of the federal government), with individual States and people retaining the greater power to govern.
Additional items for Congress to take up ... in their first session:
1) Rewriting the 'Federal Judiciary Act' with an eye on restricting the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts to it's original Constitutional limits. Provide a standing review board for the removal of federal judges who violate their oaths of office or become 'Activist Judges'. Expand the US Supreme Court to include at least two divisions (one criminal the other civil) with multiple three panel tribunals, capable of hearing many more cases. Affirm the Constitutions prohibition on any inferior court to have jurisdiction over any matter involving a sovereign state. (The court of original jurisdiction for all matters involving a State must be the US Supreme Court.)
2) Addressing the illegal immigration problem by imposing mandatory employer verification and imposing serous penalties for engaging in illegal alien trafficking... amend the current laws to provide serious penalties (large fines and mandatory jail time for repeat offenders) for hiring or aiding and abetting illegal alien trafficking.
Use the RICO statutes to pursue large corporations that routinely attempt to evade the immigration laws by conspiring to hire illegals thru contractors.
Include serious penalties for 'government employees' who knowingly provide sanctuary or any form of government aid to an illegal alien.
Require 'Sponsors' of legal immigrants to live up to their responsibility to SUPPORT those legal immigrants who are unemployed or for any reason need pubic assistance... as originally intended.
Eliminate all immigration until full employment is achieved in the US.
3) Repeal Obama Care and all unconstitutional executive orders. Pass legislation that restricts any future President from using Executive Orders to circumvent the clear intent of Congress and its legislation.
4) Pass 'Special Prosecutor' legislation that creates a standing bureau of the Special Prosecutor that answers only to Congress. Fund and man the bureau with sufficient resources to go after government corruption whenever and wherever it is found or indicated.
5) Reduces/consolidate the number of Departments in government... to conform the government infrastructure to align with its Constitutional functions. The Department of Education, Energy, Home land Security, Transportation, DEH, IRS, etc., can be eliminated or down sized to bureaus under the Departments of Interior, Defense, Commerce, Treasury, or Labor. The goal of such legislation would be to reduce the federal government by 60% in personnel, departments , bureaus, and agencies.
The following Departments should be retained: Secretaries of State and Treasury, Department of Defense, Interior, Labor, Commerce and Justice. All other Departments should be eliminated and their functions transferred as bureaus under one of the remaining departments... or eliminated all together. The down sizing of the federal government should be phased in over 6yrs... with the balanced budget requirement... reduce the size of government by 10% each year for 6yrs.
All these requirements should be presented to our current government... in the form of a petition to redress our grievances. these petitions must be backed by strikes and massive public demonstrations. The Patriot movement must organize on a national level if it is going to achieve political reform.
We have to keep the FCC and give them even more enforcement power; without them, your television, radio, telephone, and Internet will look/sound like eleven meters (Citizens' Band) does today. It will become impossible to communicate with anything other than "snail" mail.
The same holds true for the FAA, although not so much. Most people will not go "down to the sea" in craft that appear unworthy; nevertheless, I really don't want big, heavy things falling out of the sky onto me and my family. The FAA does a good job; there are lots of carriers in foreign countries which are not permitted to operate in U.S. airspace because their standards are not sufficient to make the odds of their having accidents sufficiently small. The safety records of the carriers allowed to operate in the United States are orders of magnitude better than those of some of the carriers in, say, Uganda.
Yeah, I'm a libertarian, but there are some things that people do that have the potential to affect 'WAY too many others to leave them to their own devices. On the other hand, I honestly believe that anyone who has the means should be able to have his own fighter jets, nuclear weapons, and so on. He didn't get that "means" because he is stupid or foolish.
Elimination of all of the other "alphabet" agencies suits me just fine, but keep the FCC and the FAA; they don't cost much, they don't infringe personal liberty, and they don't do any harm; they are a net positive.
"...keep the FCC and the FAA; they don't cost much..."
I don't know about the FAA, but I believe the FCC is nearly self-supporting. Even the application for a new license requires a fee, as do renewals, ETC.
I agree, though.... The 'Alphabet Soup' needs to go back in the can, and out of our hair.
By your standars George Soros would be able to have his own army and so would the Rockerfellers ,not a great idea by any means Ed Watts. Watts you thinking ? Does this sound like a FOOLISH STUPID idea to anyone else or is it just me ?
If we had had The Second Amendment in full force as I described, those men would not be against America's people; they would merely be the enforcement arm of the people in their resistance to government tyranny. There are more patriotic very rich people than rich "progressives" (although the liberals get all of the attention), and the balance of power would be firmly in the camp of "We, the people..."
By your standards, only governments should have the means to kill a lot of people quickly and efficiently, and that is exactly what The Second Amendment is supposed to prevent.
It isn't "just you"; there are others who think that only the military and police should have weapons.
Our founding father's feared governments with standing armies... therefore they gave the people the right to arm themselves... too, in effect man and equip militia units made up of citizen soldiers. In fact, there was no standing army until the war of 1812... and since then only a small core of professional military is authorized by the Congress on an annual basis. Our current military's size and authorization is renewed annually based on the Department of Defenses analysis of the threats we face... Congress must authorize the military annually or disband it.
The wealthy men of Colonial times were the primary benefactors of defense... they funded individual companies and regiments. Hence, the 2d amendment was intend to provide private citizens with the authorization to maintain fully equipped private armories... not just personal arms for self-defense or sporting.
Most Colonies of the time and States following the revolution had laws requiring all males of age (16-18) to maintain musket, ball, and powder, on hand at home... Every male of legal age was considered part of the irregular militia force by law. That tradition has long been forgotten and banned by unconstitutional laws restricting gun ownership.
How one can anyone argue that the 2d Amendment does not grant the right to keep and bare Arms (all forms) is beyond me. For nearly 200yrs of or history the courts understood that it was an inalienable right to keep and bare arms. It is only an abrogation of recent times that the States and Courts have passed and maintained unconstitutional restrictions on the rights to keep and bare arms.
The historical precedent to keep and bare arms overwhelmingly dictates that any attempt to deny that right is unconstitutional... what has changed concerning the 2d Amendments since it's ratification... nothing. Hence, there can be no legal argument or attempt to redefine terms or to reinvent history, that can justify taking that right from the people. Precedent in law and tradition bare undeniable record that the people have the right to keep and bare arms.
If government wants to take our arms they must first Amend the Constitution.
The government has no business trying to restrict ownership of anything the possession of which isn't inherently immoral. No one should be able to possess a human head as a trophy, for instance, but there is nothing immoral about owning a gun, a knife, a sword, or an armed missile. It is the use of those things that may be immoral. If we honored one another, supported one another, respected one another, and supported the institutions which keep our values strong and our morals high (instead of trashing the Church and elevating deviance), we wouldn't have to fear tyrants and psychos so much. The more normal and acceptable we make immorality, the less effective any laws will be.
Let's get Tom Coburn to head up consolidation and fiscal responsibility.
And the EPA
don't forget the food and drug administrarion, that aproves drugs without testing their safety just to get special interest to fund their agenda,and does NOT watch out for our safety. approve it and lets see what it does to em is their moto.
I agree, but if that doesn't appear to be alphabet soup.
Lets do it!
The question becomes what do we do in a governmental system that refuses to abide by our laws and Constitution?