2 September 2015 AD/18 Elul 5775
Marco Rubio says We don’t need a national school board; we don’t need a Department of Education. (full story http://ow.ly/RGZYG)
The Department of Education Organization Act (Public Law 96-88) and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on October 17, 1979, became effective on May 4, 1980. This act of Congress separated education out of the Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW), making it a stand-alone department.
By federal standards, this bureaucracy is teeny tiny with only 5,000 employees.
The Framers of our Constitution defined thirty (30) enumerated powers of federal government listed here: (30 enumerated powers http://ow.ly/RH44w)
Search those thirty enumerated powers as you wish, you’ll not find even once the word “education”.
Ninth and Tenth Amendments set a clear demarcation between authority of the states and limited authority of federal government.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
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.
Tell your Congressional delegation of two senators and one representative to repeal Public Law 96-88, the Department of Education Organization Act.
Let’s re-align federal government with the Constitution.
“I believe the States can best govern our home concerns, and the General Government our foreign ones.” –Thomas Jefferson
Sen. John Cornyn
Sen. Ted Cruz
Rep. John Ratcliffe
2 September 2015 AD/18 Elul 5775
Christians exercising freedom of religion participated in a baptism on school grounds. Naturally, misguided atheists complained. Instead of securing the rights of Christians, Carroll County School district officials choose to “investigate. Investigate?
“The Carroll County School System was made aware of a situation that took place at Villa Rica High School prior to football practice on August 17th. The District is currently looking into the specifics of this situation and will take appropriate steps to ensure all state and federal laws are followed.”
I suggest Carroll County school district officials investigate the Constitution. To wit: First Amendment Right of Freedom of Religion.
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.
Under authority of our U.S. Constitution, there can be no law that either establishes a religion (atheism is a religion) of that prohibits the free exercise thereof.
The Freedom From Religion atheist organization wishes to remove all public exercise of the Christian religion from the public square. Government officials ignorant of the law meekly kowtow to the demands of atheists, fearing bad publicity or lawsuits.
This atheist organization rabidly sues Christians across the country, but they don’t always win. In fact, they are losers in every sense of the word.
The Bible instructs: “So give yourselves humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Every time we resist Satanic attacks by atheists we win.
I applaud First Baptist Villa Rica for winning souls and baptizing new believers in Jesus Christ. I applaud the courage of those new Christians, students and coach, who publicly demonstrated their new-found faith in our Savior. Atheists are not hard to defeat.
Below are links to ten Christian legal foundations that successfully defend our Freedom of Religion in courts of law. (Thanks to Wallbuilders.com)
- Alliance Defending Freedom
- American Center for Law and Justice
- Christian Law Association
- Liberty Counsel
- Liberty Institute
- The National Legal Foundation
- Pacific Justice Institute
- Religious Organization Legal Defense Association
- The Rutherford Institute
- Thomas More Law Center
In matters of faith, the best defense is offense.
1 September 2015 AD/17 Elul 5775
Around the country, employees demanded a “living wage”. Wal-Mart responded by raising minimum wages to $9/hour; early next year to $10. Naturally, raising wages raises costs thereby cutting profits and incentives to investors. What to do next? Cut hours. Zero sum gain for employees.
Read from Bloomberg: Wal-Mart Cuts Some Workers’ Hours After Pay Raise Boosts Costs
Wal-Mart is the low-price leader in the world. While some may scoff at its low wages, the fact of Wal-Mart’s benefit to our lowest income families is unmistakable: Wal-Mart customers save over $2,000/year over what they would pay at Kroger or other up-scale grocer.
Economist Milton Friedman warned against the good intentions of mandatory minimum wage which will have the opposite effect.
The fact is, the programs that are labeled ‘for the poor’, ‘for the needy’ almost always have effects exactly the opposite of those the well intentioned sponsors intended them to have. – Milton Friedman discussing the effects of minimum wage, dispelling the myth that it is a Good Thing.
Inevitably, Wal-Mart must raise prices to maintain investor expectations. As prices increase, market forces will drive down purchases by the company’s traditional customer which, in turn, will put pressure on the company to further reduce hours and demand more productivity from employees who will again demand higher wagers and so the inflation spiral gains momentum.
Time was when Sears, Montgomery Ward and JC Penney were on top. Today, two of these former giants gasp for breath while one has gone out of business. Time comes when Wal-Mart will follow suit.
Socialism fails every time it’s tried. Capitalism is not an economic theory, but the natural exchange of goods and services among a free people. Mandatory minimum wage artificially shapes the marketplace.
Socialism does not increase a society’s overall wealth; it shares the poverty.
30 August 2015 AD/15 Elul 5775
Summer Snow to Greet Obama on Alaska Climate Trip
August 30th, 2015 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
When President Obama visits Alaska this week to campaign for a new international agreement to fight
global warming climate change, Alaska will be experiencing colder than normal weather and forecast summer snows, as seen in this WeatherBell.com graphic of forecast total snowfall by Friday: Besides this latest example of the Gore Effect, the dirty little secret is that the climate is always changing, and what better place to illustrate the role of Mother Nature (not humans) than in Alaska? Read more from DrRoySpencer.com
What more can I add to this, but to say, God has a sense of humor.
25 August 2015 Ad/10 Elul 5775
Because no-knock raids were with us at the very beginning of our nation. Protection against rogue government was paramount to our founding fathers.
Our Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution of 1776 and the Bill of Rights ratified in 1791 were the product of thoughtful leaders addressing past wrongdoings of government.
There were Bills of Attainder
A special legislative enactment that imposes a death sentence without a judicial trial upon a particular person or class of persons suspected of committing serious offenses, such as Treason or a felony.
It was to prevent on-the-spot executions our founders add the following clause to the Constitution.
Article I, Section 9, clause 3: “No Bill of Attainder … Law shall be passed.”
And, there were Writs of Assistance
Writs of assistance were court orders that authorized customs officers to conduct general (non-specific) searches of premises for contraband. The exact nature of the materials being sought did not have to be detailed, nor did their locations.
Using Writs of Assistance, British enforcers could forcibly enter private property at will in search of contraband, illegal substances, at will.
It was to prevent law enforcement officials from conducting no-knock raids based on hearsay testimony the founders added the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution.
Amendment VI: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No we have No-Knock Raids
Example No. 1
Example No. 2
Example No. 3
There are situations where cops break into the wrong address.
Example No. 1
Example No. 2
First Duty of Government
The first duty of government is not to punish. Most certainly, it is not the duty of law enforcement officers to ascertain guilt or innocence. The first duty of all government is found in the second paragraph of the Unanimous Declaration of Independence.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed
Yes, the first duty of all government is “secure these rights”. As you see in the above examples, no-knock raids based on scant evidence, most egregiously those that threaten lives of innocent persons, do not conform to either our history or our republican form of government.
Rise of the Warrior Cop
Radley Balko’s book is available from Amazon.com.
I encourage you to have a dialogue with your local law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges. See where they stand on American principles of the Rule of Law. Also review this interactive map from the CATO Institute.