|By Bill Federer
OCTOBER 3, 1789, from the U.S. Capitol in New York City, President George Washington issued the first Proclamation of a National Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer to Almighty God.
Just one week earlier the first session of the U.S. Congress successfully approved the Bill of Rights, which put ten limitations on the power of the new Federal Government.
The States were concerned the Federal Government would get too powerful.
ThePreamble to the Bill of Rights explained:
“The Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added…as amendments to the Constitution of the United States.”
The First of the Ten Amendments restricting the Federal Government’s abuse of its powers began:
“CONGRESS shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF;
or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;
or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,
and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
President George Washington thanked God for the “Constitutions of government…particularly the national one now lately instituted,” stating in his Proclamation, OCTOBER 3, 1789:
“Whereas it is the DUTY of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of ALMIGHTY GOD, to obey His will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and
‘to recommend to the People of the United States A DAY OF PUBLIC THANKSGIVING AND PRAYER to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of ALMIGHTY GOD,
T for their safety and happiness;’
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the twenty-sixth day of November next, to be devoted by the People of these United States to the service of that GREAT AND GLORIOUS BEING, who is the BENEFICENT AUTHOR of all the good that was, that is, or that will be;
That we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks,
for His kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation;
for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of HIS PROVIDENCE, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war;
for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed,
for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to ESTABLISH CONSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT for our safety and happiness, and PARTICULARLY THE NATIONAL ONE NOW LATELY INSTITUTED,
for the CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;
and in general for all the great and various favors which He hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to THE GREAT LORD AND RULER OF NATIONS, and beseech Him
to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually;
to render OUR NATIONAL GOVERNMENT a blessing to all the People, by constantly being A GOVERNMENT OF WISE, JUST AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAWS, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed;
TO PROMOTE THE KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE OF TRUE RELIGION AND VIRTUE, and the increase of science among them and us;
and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3rd of October, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
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This is nothing more than intimidation by the federal government, ignoring laws and violating the trust of the people. This video needs to be shared far and wide. The reason for the raid will shock you! The tactics that are used are determined to instill fear. hat tip to my friend D for this post!
There is a lot of discussion about State’s Rights and whether so many of the policies and regulations that are being proposed on the Federal Scale are in violation of the States Rights. Personally I think that many of them are, but one of the worst cases is the Federal Involvement in our schools. I think that a large portion of our educators, legislators, and laypeople are unaware that legally the federal government has no right to force any standards upon the schools. They may suggest, offer money for the policies that they want implemented, but they have no legal authority to force states to follow these standards.
How much influence do we want a federal government to have? When do we stop letting them force by bullying and threatening the schools in order to get policies in place that go totally against our moral values and common sense? We have in power an administration that uses bullying, threats, and even suing states in order to force their will upon the people of this country. How far do they go before it becomes treasonous? When you are in the process of destroying the very thing that you took an oath to protect, when does it become a violation? I am not saying that this leadership should be tried for treason, I am saying when are the people of this country and leaders in the separate states going to wake up and realize that what is being done to them is in violation of the Constitution and that they do have other options that to just answer the lawsuits in court and depend upon a Federal Court that may be just a guilty of violating their own oath of office.
Our founders intent was for the States to trump the Federal, for the Federal to be an arm of the State to promote the welfare of the States and the people. We have let it be turned around where the States are an aterthought and only seem to enjoy rights granted to them by the Federal Government and those are constantly being ignored or whittled away if they don’t fit the desires of whomever is in power at the time.
A DISCOURSE ON THE CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES–
John C. Calhoun, Union and Liberty: The Political Philosophy of John C. Calhoun 
If it be possible still to doubt that the several States retained their sovereignty and independence unimpaired, strong additional arguments might be drawn from various other portions of the instrument—especially from the third article, section third, which declares, that— “treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” It might be easily shown that— “the United States” —mean here—as they do everywhere in the constitution—the several States in their confederated character—that treason against them, is treason against their joint sovereignty—and, of course, as much treason against each State, as the act would be against any one of them, in its individual and separate character. But I forbear. Enough has already been said to place the question beyond controversy. Read the entire discourse at Online Library of Liberty!
American Minute with Bill Federer
“Each year on JANUARY 16, we celebrate Religious Freedom Day in commemoration of the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom,” wrote President George W. Bush in his 2003 Proclamation. Jefferson‘s Statute for Religious Freedom, which he commemorated on his tombstone, was passed in 1786 by the Virginia Assembly. In his draft, Jefferson wrote: “Almighty God hath created the mind free, and…all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments…tend only to begat habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do, but to extend it by its influence on reason alone.” In his Second Inaugural Address, 1805, Jefferson wrote: “In matters of religion I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the Constitution independent of the powers of the General Government.” In 1808, Jefferson wrote to Samuel Miller: “I consider the government of the United States as prohibited by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises…Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the times for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets.”
A well written and interesting option to changing the way government works. Well worth the read, and please do take the time to visit Western Hero and read it all!
by Hugh Farnham
“…That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”
Our relationship with the State’s created agent, the Federal Government, is much like a marriage gone sour asWalter E. Williams points out. What was once a beneficial relationship has turned to one of spousal abuse, a nightly beat-down by the one in a wife-beater. As domestic victims, we have a choice: quietly leave, endure, or take drastic and violent measures.
President Lincoln tyrannically shut down the option of States outright divorcing the Federal Government. So what about a peaceful separation? If a spouse can’t live in the same house without receiving abuse and scars, why not live apart? Separate beds, separate houses, but the same last name. Not a double espresso of Neo-Federalism, but a cup of Federal decaf, thanks.
Recently, Congress suspended Habeas Corpus and undermined the entire Bill of Rights - on the exact 220th anniversary of the adoption of the same Rights! Time would fail me to describe the myriad ways the Federal Government has overstepped its bounds and violated the 9th and 10th Amendments. Because of this train of abuses, America at this point is being described as“pre-revolutionary”. Read the rest at Western Hero!
- Secession and State Banks Part II-(via Dump DC) (loopyloo305.wordpress.com)
- Bill of Rights Guaranteed Religious Liberty (Via Christianity.com) (loopyloo305.com)
- The U.S. Constitution and civil war (danmillerinpanama.wordpress.com)
Dan Graves, MSL
In 1787 a convention in Philadelphia drafted what is usually recognized as the most extraordinary political document of history. The Constitution of the United States created a federal system with checks and balances on power. The world had never seen anything like it.
Despite its benefits, there was doubt it would be ratified by the individual states. Having recently escaped one tyranny, the people of the United States did not want to subject themselves to another. They feared the new constitution because, while it specified the rights of the new government, and gave such rights as the writ of habeas corpus, it did not list other rights that the people felt it should. These could be inferred, but the majority of Americans felt safer having them spelled out.
For the most part, those who were for the federal system were for the constitution as it stood. Those who opposed a federal system, wanted more guarantees of rights. Several state conventions asked for such a bill. Thomas Jefferson urged that they be given their wish. A “bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.” The U. S. Congress agreed and by a two thirds majority passed ten amendments to the constitution, called the Bill of Rights.
On this day, December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified. It is significant to church history because of its first Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..” This amendment was the result of long centuries of efforts by religious groups such as the Quakers and Baptists to obtain religious liberty.
The first amendment meant that the Federal government of the United States could not establish a national church, such as was common in many other nations. Anyone could worship as he or she pleased and the Federal government could not say “boo” except under special circumstances.
Federal civil rights are not obligatory for states, however. At the state level, established churches continued to exist for some years. Read the rest at: http://www.christianity.com/ChurchHistory/11630315/?utm_source=This%20Week%20in%20Christian%20History%20-%20Christianity.com
Breaking => Revolution In Full Swing ~ ‘National County Sheriff Project’: Sheriff Richard Mack.(via Political Vel Craft)
Americans are pushing back all over the country. It is very clear a revolution is in full swing. Tea Parties have been organizing to fight the bailouts and taxation. Occupy Movements have be springing up to fight against Wall St corruption at the hands of the Federal Reserve. Americans are pulling their cash out of Big Banks and supporting local Credit unions, as we move into a heated election season where it looks like it’s anyone’s game.
In today’s exclusive special report Gary Franchi is joined by Former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack. They discuss the County Sheriff Project, a movement that will compound the effort to push back against an over reaching Federal Government, a movement that needs your support.
Washington politicians and bureaucrats have failed to respond to the will of the American people. Despite the high turnover, of that past two elections, Washington politicians continue to trample on the rights of the people, and stay the course of tyrants.
Sheriff Mack offers a solution to the over reach of Federal Authority; that is your county sheriff. The sheriff is the highest law enforcement authority in each county. The sheriff, who upholds his oath of office, can protect the citizens, in the county, against un-lawful harassment of Federal Agents, who have no Constitutional Authority outside of Federal property, their jurisdiction. Read the rest at Political Vel Craft
We’re passing along another article about
PROPERTY RIGHTS… OR CORRALS???
The Many Faces of Agenda 21
& its Bevy of Bastard Babies
Agenda 21′s anchor baby is “Sustainable Development”. Sustainable Development is to “harmonize” U.S. environmental policy with U.N. directives as outlined in “Agenda 21″, compliments of Geo. H. W. Bush. Arkansas’ local Agenda 21 planning guide was published by ICLEI. As you may recall, No. Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hayes has been the national president of ICLEI. (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives…already in 70 different countries)
What is “Sustainable Development”? Sustainablists state that every societal decision be based on environmental impact, focusing on 3 components: Global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction. As Hillary Clinton succinctly stated
“the age of individualism is over”.
There has been and is a concerted effort to hide Agenda 21′s roots from the people. It is said there is a segment of society who fear one-world government giving rise to the stripping of individual freedom and those U.S. citizenswould actively work to defeat any elected official who has joined any one of Agenda 21′s bastard babies. It is noteworthy to mention that a number of Arkansas elected officials are squarely in bed and embracing the insidious Agenda 21 which restricts movement, does away with property rights and wholeheartedly embraces the concept of “stack ‘em & pack ‘em”-self-contained mass compaction.
From my vantage point it appears that the Arkansas state legislature has a number of traitorous Republicans, but am sure not limited to, who are fanning the flames of the U.N. Agenda 21 and moving rapidly into herding citizens into high impact urban areas. Again, the reason is for government to lay claim to more & more real estate. As it stands now the U.S. federal government lays claim to 2/3rd of U.S. land mass. As I write this the U.S. Forestry Service is locking down mountainous national parks in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. The U.S. due to a lack of citizen knowledge of Sustainable Development and the corruption of its many elected officials is marching to the European drummer.
Government is corrupt, in many instances criminally corrupt, and is operating far outside the box of Constitutionality and it can only be concluded that government has become the enemy of the people. Daily they are quashing our Constitutional rights which are our natural human rights.
A few of Agenda 21′s bastard babies by name, in addition to Sustainable Development, are Smart Growth, Quality of Place, MPO’s (Metropolitan Planning Organizations), ICLEI, Metro 1313, Providence Communities, New Market Tax Credits, New Urbanism, etc. Fort Smith is already blessed and participating in any numbers of bastard babies…look no further than the Chaffee Crossing development. MPO’s and their companions are non-elected but hold ultimate power.
Statewide, some of the facilitators of Sustainable Development are the Ark. Dept. of Rural Services, the Ark. Forestry Commission, the Ark. Association of Resource Conservation & Development, the Ark. Economic Development Commission (this is the granddaddy of all of them), Ark. Dept. of Emergency Services, Ark. Parks & Tourism, USDA (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture), etc.
Some of the hooks used by the traitorous enablers are grants, loans, public/private partnerships (for people who know-Fascism, where the government is always the CEO).
To quote a fellow by the name of Van Thomas, Director of White River Planning & Development, recently stated “Our goal in life is to help you folks get their (the agency’s) money”. Mr. Thomas, I would suggest it is not the Agency’s money, it is MY money, and carrying that thought further, the federal government is bankrupt and for you to be out beating the drums for more debt (& others like you) is unconscionable, but this is the mentality of a parasitic buffoon who has never created or sustained a job. White River Development blatantly states they are a comrade in arms by embracing Sustainable Development.
The bottom line is WHO pays & HOW? You know, it’s the producers, i.e. the Makers and the political parasites ingovernments & bureaucracies are the Takers.
Simply stated, if elected representatives of state government, particularly those individuals in N.W. & North Arkansas continue their traitorous involvement in attacking property rights and/or restricting the freedom of physical movements of citizens, by utilizing any of the bastard babies of Agenda 21, they certainly will be brought to public attention by name and activities.
If elected officials and hired bureaucrats continue to bankroll communities (really the developers) with money printed out of thin air through grants, loans, etc. being purveyors of Agenda 21 they will certainly be isolated and removed from office/position. None of this is a proper function of Constitutional government.
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We at Secure Arkansas stand for LESS government
and MORE liberty!
Securing the Blessings of Liberty,
P.O. Box 21096
Little Rock, AR 72221
On Fox news they learned that the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans. This will get national attention if other news networks will broadcast it. When you add this to the below, just where will all of it stop?
35 States file lawsuit against the Federal Government
This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please pass it on.
This is an idea that we should address.
For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform… in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.
If each person that receives this will post it on their wall, in three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message.. This is one proposal that really should be passed around. Read the rest at Grumpy Opinions….http://grumpyelder.com/?p=1989