Honorable Steve Stockman 326 Cannon House Office Building Independence Avenue Washington, D.C. 20515
Subject: Your proposed “Virtual Currency Tax Reform Act”
Bitcoin is not in any sense a “virtual currency”, regardless how it is labeled. It is as much a financial transaction as are the use of credit cards, but it cannot be legally considered nor treated as lawful currency. Here’s why.
As per the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 5, Congress has authority “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures”.
Bitcoin value is a function of supply and demand, just like gold, wheat, gasoline and oil. Therefore, bitcoin is a commodity that is freely traded over the internet between willing buyers and sellers and not the property of any one government, except the natural government of a free market. If you wish to legally define it, for one reason or another, I suggest calling it “private property”.
Whereas, bitcoin is a commodity and whereas Congress does not and cannot “regulate the Value thereof”, your proposed bill can only be considered meaningless.
As a TEA Party organizer in my part of Texas and as an active Republican who is a delegate to the Texas GOP Convention, I encourage you to withdraw your proposed “Virtual Currency Tax Reform Act” to avoid embarrassment. Your work to preserve traditional values is greatly appreciated and I read everything you publish on Facebook.
UPDATED 3 SEPTEMBER 2013 AT 1438 HOURS CST – See Congressman Hall’s statement at bottom of page
3 September 2013
Honorable Ralph M. Hall 104 N. San Jacinto St. Rockwall, TX 75087-2508
Subject: Opposition to War with Syria
I ask you to oppose any and all military attacks on the legitimate government of Syria and the financing thereof.
War hawks like Senators McCain and Graham, along with other well-known persons in government, warn that our national prestige is in jeopardy, if we do not attack the regime of Bashar Assad, a man Secretary John Kerry admired just four years ago.
I firmly believe our national reputation and credibility remains intact, while the president’s reputation and credibility have already disintegrated.
My Reasons for Opposing a Military Attack on Syria
We have not been attacked by the Syrian government
We have been attacked by the so-called Syrian rebel supporters: al-Qaeda
Igniting WW3 is neither in the interests of America nor Israel
Growing evidence indicates the so-called Syrian rebels used nerve gas on their own people
If we had justification, our armed forces are not prepared to fight a conventional war with the Syrians, the Russians and the Chinese
Regardless the use of nerve gas by either side, most likely the rebels, acting as the world’s policeman hasn’t been a very successful role for us.
I implore you to dissuade all House members from falling prey to the administration’s ploy to “share the blame” when things go badly, assuming this president moves ahead with is “wag the dog” maneuver for the purpose of distracting my fellow voters from his failed policies and astonishing scandals.
ROCKWALL, TX . . . In response to the recent chemical weapons attack in suburban Damascus and the President’s urging of Congress to approve military action in Syria, Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) released the following statement:
“I have received hundreds of calls and letters from constituents expressing strong opposition to any U.S. involvement in Syria, and I plan to vote ‘no’ in accordance with their views.
“Along with many of my colleagues, I urged the President to seek Congressional authorization in a letter sent August 28th. His decision to do so gives Americans more time and opportunity to express their views through their elected representatives. When Congress begins debate on this issue next week, I will continue to listen to my constituents and vote with my District.”
Leadership is better thought of as a verb, not a noun. Leadership is something done. You can’t earn it; you can’t learn it. It seems every U.S. corporate giant has a different definition of what it is. Let’s contrast Biblical leadership with you-know-who’s style of leadership.
Moses never once attended a Dale Carnegie course on leadership. Steven Covey’s books weren’t sold in the Sinai bookstore. It is on good authority that I know John Maxwell never spoke at a shepherd’s conference where Moses was suddenly inspired to form a corporation of Jews, numbering over 1,200,000 shareholders.
Moses v. Obama – Defining Differences
I find a significant clue to the character of a genuine leader in the New Testament. You may already know the story out ofMatthew 8:5-11(NKJV) where Jesus heals the Roman Centurion’s servant. Look closely at the words of the Centurion.
For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one,‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.
An important point: The Centurion recognized Jesus was a man under authority. Being ALSO a man under authority, the Centurion obeyed Jesus and they all lived happily ever after.
This is the hallmark of a credible leader: he or she is someone acting under a higher authority.
Herein is the difference between Moses, a reliable leader, and Barack Obama, an unreliable leader.
Moses acted under God’s authority. (He called his style “humility“)
God created man and established rules of order by means of the Bible. Man created the states and established rules of order by means of state constitutions. The states created the federal government and established rules of order by means of the U.S. Constitution.
Based on Biblical and historical knowledge, our Founding Fathers knew that the primary duty of government is to protect and defend our freedoms. Therefore they added ten amendments we call theBill of Rights. Last of these amendments is the Tenth.
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.
We the People Have Only One Sovereign – The Living God
This sitting president, Barack Hussein Obama, is not compelled to act under authority of the United States Constitution. Up to this point in time, he has behaved more as benevolent dictator than as a constitutional president.
In a recent Cabinet Room meeting he referred to the Department of Defense as “my military“. His remarks ignited a maelstrom of indignation across the political spectrum. Democrat lawmakers are finally coming to their senses, at least some of them. Dennis Kucinich, considered to be a far-left former member of the House (Ohio D-10), said this week on Fox News the president risks impeachment, if he attacks Syria without congressional approval, becausethere is noimminent threat to America.
Praythat God will raise up leaders who act under authority of the U.S. Constitution.
Repent of your sins andstudythe Bible.
Communicatewith your congressional delegation. Tell them to operate under the umbrella of authority outlined in the U.S. Constitution.
Learnabout issues and candidates.
Readour founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Federalist Papers.
Talkwith your circle of friends about issues and candidates.
What happened to Detroit, aka Motor City, aka Motown? How did those rascally Republicans destroy this city? Give up? They didn’t.
Motown came under the control of Mayor Coleman Young who ruled the city over five terms in office. It was during his reign that he pitted whites against blacks. The term “white flight” arose out of what was happening during those years. White people moved out of the city limits as fast as they could, often to unfinished new homes in the suburbs.
Michigan isn’t in bad shape and automakers still build cars near there. In fact, Ford Motor is rebuilding its workforce in nearby Dearborn. If Michigan was a restaurant, Detroit would be one of its toilets.
Coleman became a major force in the Democrat Party. He served as “vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1977 to 1981 and chair of the Democratic National Convention Platform Committee in 1980. He also led the United States Conference of Mayors and the National Conference of Democratic Mayors at various times.” (Wikipedia)
It was the Democrats who destroyed Detroit. Now, we have a sitting president who could be a direct descendant of Mayor Coleman Young, judging by the way he stirs up strife and promotes irresponsibility. Irresponsibility? Yes, if anything doesn’t work well, it’s Whitey’s fault, so said Coleman Young, so says Barack Obama.
November cometh. This president’s signature legislation, the so-called Affordable Care Act, is becoming a poison pill. We now have fewer than half of all adults working full time, 47% to be exact. 100 million Americans are on food stamps. What this fascist, outlaw president and his outlaw staff are doing to our beloved country may be irreversible. I hope that’s not the case, but it appears more and more to be so.
Remember in November and let’s give the Democrats the boot from the Senate and let’s add to our conservative majority in the the House.
Subject: DOJ Sends Staff to Sanford Florida to organize against George Zimmerman
Fast and Furious
Mr. Holder has not been prosecuted for his oversight of the “Fast and Furious” project that resulted in a flood of illegal weapons across our southern border. Subsequent to the unlawful act, hundreds of Mexican nationals have died through criminal use of those unlawful weapons.
DOJ Unconstitutional Spying on Journalists
The only action they’ve taken so far is to push for a renewed debate on a federal shield bill that would supposedly protect the media’s sources in scandals like these. Of course, the Justice Department already have the power to not subpoena reporters, they apparently just can’t help themselves. As Ted Boutrous pointed out, their call for a shield bill is akin to saying “stop us before we kill again.”
“I had one of the city commissioners come to me on two different occasions and say, ‘All we want is an arrest.’ And I explained to them, ‘Well, you just can’t do that, you have to have probable cause to arrest somebody.’ And it was related to me that they just wanted an arrest, they didn’t care if it got dismissed later. And you don’t do that.” — Police Chief Bill Lee to CNN reporter George Howell
“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.” — Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
How Long Shall We Wait for Justice?
Is it not time now for Congress to impeach Eric Holder and for criminal charges to be brought against this outlaw attorney general? How many more American lives must be disrupted, how many more unconstitutional misbehaviors must be witnessed before you take action?
It is not the duty of the Department of Justice to investigate itself. It is YOUR duty to investigate criminal actions of this Attorney General and to remove him from office.
Senator Ted Cruz
185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Subject: Support for Syrian Rebels
Under no circumstances can we be on the right side by supporting warring Muslim factions. Have we not learned the lessons of Afghanistan and Iraq?
As a refresher, while Soviet forces dominated Afghanistan, we supplied money, weapons and military advisers to Afghan “freedom fighters”. One of those grateful “freedom fighters” was the infamous Osama bin Laden. Where did that get us?
Saddam Hussein was a known tyrant who gassed his own people and ruled Iraq with an iron fist. We liberated Iraq and today, where are we?
I ask that you oppose any and all financial, political or military support to Syrian rebels. Both sides of that conflict are very much like both sides of the pre-Iraq war: anti-Christian, anti-Western Society, anti-Israel.
Read how the friends of John McCain beheaded a Syrian Catholic priest:
It’s ugly. It’s disgusting and it’s true. The beheading? Yes, that is horrific, but the thing I find more disgusting and even uglier is McCain’s and Obama’s political and financial support of Syrian jihadists.Let’s be frank about Syria: NEITHER THE ASSAD REGIME NOR THE REBELS ARE OUR FRIENDS!
I encourage you to tell your two U.S. Senators and your Congressman you do not want foreign aid money going to either side of the Syrian civil war. Let’s put our money on our sole Middle East ally, Israel.
Already we have “boots on the ground” in advisory capacity. Be reminded: this is how the full-blown Vietnam War came to be one of our worst nightmares. Don’t believe me? Ask the survivors, family members who grieve to this day over loss of their loved ones.
The Rule of Law is the very foundation of a republic. Article 4, Section 4 of the Constitution prescribes and mandates (orders) republican government for all states and U.S. territories. One enumerated power of the federal government is to guarantee the survival of republican government in the states.
The Rule of Law restrains government, not the individual, and is absolutely essential to the preservation of liberty.
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.” –U.S. Constitution, Article 4, Section 4
“[W]here there is no law, there is no liberty; and nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation upon all the members of the community.” — Benjamin Rush, Letter to David Ramsay, 1788
Never was our nation a democracy. In fact, the words ‘democrat’, ‘democracy’ and ‘democratic’ do not appear in either the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution.
A true democracy can best be compared to “mob rule”, the tyranny of the majority.
Only a republican form of government can support liberty and equality of citizens.
How often do you read and study the founding documents? Read them online:
Democrats strive to disarm us, to infringe on our God-given right to life by effectively annulling the Second Amendment. Meanwhile, all the mass murderers have been registered Democrats, including Ariel Castro who kidnapped and enslaved, probably murdered, young ladies in his dungeon home in Cleveland, Ohio.
I was a Democrat who voted for and supported President Jimmy Carter. It was his administration that opened my eyes to the declining character of the Democrat party. Not only I, but Ronald Reagan, Congressman Ralph Hall and a host of other well known political leaders switched parties over the character issue.
Holy Scripture says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” — Proverbs 29:2
Character matters; elections matter.
“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character.” — Noah Webster, Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing His Education, 1789
Honorable Ralph M. Hall
2405 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515-0001
I’m write you to urge you to repeal Obamacare and support true free market health care reform. The twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare will severely impact the U.S. economy and negatively affect health care costs for American families.
Taxpayers deserve true healthcare reform and that can only move forward with the elimination of Obamacare. I urge you again to support the full repeal of Obamacare.
Use this convenient web form to send the above message to your Member of Congress. Americans for Tax Reform provides this link for your use at no cost to you.
Insurance premiums will rise between 100% and 400% in 2014, if ObamaCare survives. Already large companies across the land are either laying off workers or curtailing working hours to control costs brought on by the so-called Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).
Obama’s alleged attack on “waste, fraud and abuse” is little more than waste, fraud and abuse by his administration. For example: Medicare
If a Medicare patient enters a hospital for, say, heart surgery – bypass or stents – his recovery will be less than two weeks, typically one, as was my heart surgery. However, if he falls and breaks his arm within 30 days of his last admittance to that same hospital, Medicare will not pay for the broken arm. The hospital absorbs the cost and passes it on to those of us who do have insurance or supplemental insurance.