Enumerated Powers Act (H.R.450, S.1319) Thursday, Aug 6 2009 

Enumerated Powers Act
One_AmericanPatriot@yahoo.com
August 6, 2009

I have recently been made aware of the proposed legislation that is H.R. 450 as put forth by Congressman John Shadegg (R, AZ). The short title is the “Enumerated Powers Act”, and the official title is, “To require Congress to specify the source of authority under the United States Constitution for the enactment of laws and for other purposes.

The title of this bill is a very good descriptor of its purpose, but here is a more detailed summary:

  • Requires each Act of Congress to contain a concise and definite statement of the constitutional authority relied upon for the enactment of each portion of that Act. Declares that failure to comply with this requirement shall give rise to a point of order in either chamber of Congress.
  • Each bill, and every amendment, must be read in its entirety before a quorum in both the House and Senate.
  • Every member of the House and Senate must sign a sworn affidavit, under penalty of perjury, that he or she has attentively either personally read, or heard read, the complete bill to be voted on.
  • Every old law coming up for renewal under the sunset provisions must also be read according to the same rules that apply to new bills.
  • Every bill to be voted on must be published on the Internet at least 7 days before a vote, and Congress must give public notice of the date when a vote will be held on that bill.
  • Passage of a bill that does not abide by these provisions will render the measure null and void, and establish grounds for the law to be challenged in court.
  • Congress cannot waive these requirements.

I cannot think of a single (defensible) position that could possibly oppose this legislation – that is, if the foundation of the conversation is an agreement that the Constitution  is in fact the final authority on the Rule of Law.  

Make no mistake; the Constitution is in fact the thing that makes us uniquely, American. It is what our founders, fathers, grandfathers, brothers, sisters and friends have fought and died for. It empowers you as citizens, and guarantees your rights; all of them.

Sadly, today it is taken for granted – or worse, shunned altogether. Every single day we see more and more proposed legislation. Counting only actual bills that have been proposed (and only counting this Congress) there are 5,090 open bills.  Yes, that is right. There are FIVE THOUSAND and NINETY bills that are currently open in  THIS 111th  Congress (if you wish to count resolutions as well –  which are, after all, more things that must be considered – there are 6,345 open items in this Congress).

It may be a circular statement that follows, though it is very true (think about it); we do not need any new laws that are not legal. Of course we don’t need any existing laws that are not legal for that matter. Nor do we need a lot of redundant legislation. We need solutions to problems. Imposing new laws is by and large not the answer to anything. We have been digging that grave for ourselves for quite a long time now, and we are only succeeding in worsening our collective situation (and that is true under Republicans & Democrats alike). If anything we should be trying to erase past legislation that is impeding us today.

Unless and until we have the foundation right from whence we start, those solutions will never (ever) come, and partisan politics will only continue to worsen until in the end – it will rip us asunder.

The Congressional Oath of Office should take care of this point, and provide the Constitutional framework for all conversations regardless of party affiliation, but the very last thing that our representatives seem to be thinking about is foundational principals…most of them that is.

Democrat. Republican. Does it really matter when considering this point? If we agree on that basic principal that the Constitution is what makes us uniquely American (not party affiliation), and that it is the litmus test which all laws must pass muster before they are…legal (just to note for anyone that may not be aware; when the Supreme Court considers whether or not something is “legal”, they are weighing it against the Constitution…be it a lower court’s decision, or be it questionable legislation), then we must view this proposal as being not only logical – but as absolutely necessary.

A shockingly small number of Representatives and Senators agree. If your Senators and Representatives are not below, I urge you to contact them and let them know that you insist they not only co-sponsor this legislation, but that they champion it.

Sons of Liberty  

Is the crisis we face healthcare? Or something else? Tuesday, Aug 4 2009 

Our Healthcare Crisis.
One_AmericanPatriot@yahoo.com
August 3, 2009

In early January, we were told that we must pass a “stimulus bill”  that was unprecedented in scope, and truly staggering in scale. The House passed this bill on January 28th. Just 9 days later, a slightly altered version made it through the Senate.  And six days after that on February 13, 2009 the final version was passed again by the House, clearing it for the White House on that same day. H.R. 1 was presented to the President on February 16th and he reviewed it for a day before signing it into Public Law 111-5 on February 17th 2009.  

The final version, its amendments, and related papers sum to 1588 pages. The cost to taxpayers is $850,000,000,000.00. This one piece of legislation effectively quadrupled a debt that it had taken over 8 years, two wars, (and yes – the extreme fiscal irresponsibility of the previous administration) to incur. And we accomplished this monumental task in just over a month.

Rewind to November 22, 2004. Then newly elected Senator Obama interviews with Randi Rhodes:

Just as an interesting side note:

  • In that 2004 interview Senator Obama spoke quite negatively of the 2001legislation H.R. 3162 (a.k.a. the “Patriot Act”).
  • Shortly after that interview on March 1, 2006 Senator Obama voted “YEA” for S. 2271 (a.k.a. the “USA PATRIOT Act Additional Reauthorizing Amendments Act of 2006”).  

Now, fast forward again to today. The White House is telling us that we have to pass massive pieces of legislation into law before the end of the year. And we are actually told that the reason we must push it though is that given a long enough period of time the proposed bills will “die”.

Personally, I think Congressman John Shadegg (R, AZ), and Senator Tom Coburn (R, OK) have the right idea with their proposition that, “Each Act of Congress shall contain a concise and definite statement of the constitutional authority relied upon for the enactment of each portion of that Act. The failure to comply with this section shall give rise to a point of order in either House of Congress… H.R. 450, and S. 1319 – the “Enumerated Powers Act”.

As it stands, much of the proposed legislation currently on the table is simply too massive to wrap one’s mind around.

So the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee sees no point in even trying to read these bills. I am having a very hard time with that sinking in, so for my own sake I am going to repeat it: the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee……

We hear more daily about what is in these bills though, because even though the lawmakers are not up to the task, there are quite a few people that have accepted the challenge and are going through finding some things that are very disconcerting.

During a recent interview by Fred Thompson, former NY Lt. Governor & patient advocate Betsy McCaughey revealed some things about the healthcare bill (H.R. 3200) that I seriously doubt any American citizen would be on board with.

Ironically enough, at least two (more) of the disturbing facts about H.R. 3200 came to light as the result of a conference call that the President himself had with a group of bloggers traditionally quite supportive of his efforts.

1)   The proposed legislation would make private insurance illegal.

2)   The President has no idea what is in these bills.

The Heritage Foundation partnered with the Lewin Group recently to conduct a Study of H.R. 3200 and, “how many Americans would be forced into the government ‘option’ under the House health plan.”  

  • Approximately 103 million people would be covered under the new public plan and, as a consequence, about 83.4 million people would lose their private insurance. This would represent a 48.4 percent reduction in the number of people with private coverage.
  • About 88.1 million workers would see their current private, employer-sponsored health plan go away and would be shifted to the public plan.
  • Yearly premiums for the typical American with private coverage could go up by as much as $460 per privately-insured person, as a result of increased cost-shifting stemming from a public plan modeled on Medicare.

For the full text of the article referenced, please go here.

At this point these type facts should not be surprising, but I (nevertheless) remain slack jawed with shock that we actually live in a day when our country is in danger of being systematically dismantled before our very eyes…lest we act. Call your Congressperson. Write your Senators. You can find them right here on this page. Tell them you oppose H.R. 3200 as well as all related bill and measures.

And while you are at it, tell them to READ THE BILLS!

Sons of Liberty