Repeal of the 17th Amendment: Keystone to Restoring Republican Government

Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution prescribes a Republican form of government in all states.

Definitions

Republic: a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.

Democracy: government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power rests with the people and is used directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

Elected Agent (Representative): a person or thing that represents another or others; a person who represents a certain group of people or a community in a law-making body, esp. a member of the U.S. House of Representatives or of the lower house in certain state legislatures. An Agent is a person or business authorized to act on another’s behalf.

Influence: the power to produce effects by indirect means; the power to persuade, or to obtain advantages due to one’s status, rank, etc.

Micro vis-à-vis Macro Democracy

Thomas Philip, Jr. (Tip) O’Neill (D-MA) represented the people of Massachusetts as an tip o'neill - all politics is local book coverelected representative to state and national offices from 1936 to 1986. Tip O’Neill presided over the House of Representatives as Speaker the 95th through 99th Congresses. He was an Irish Catholic who was educated in Roman Catholic schools.

O’Neill was known for saying, “All politics is local.” Indeed, this is true. Throughout his political career, Tip, a liberal Democrat, held sway over five terms as Speaker of the House with this idea ever in mind.

Your influence is greatest within your circles of social interactions. A father may have great influence over his family and his influence diminishes as he interacts with co-workers, customers, neighbors, or church groups. Social interactions and the value you add to your social circles determine the degree of your influence. The smaller the social circle (Sunday school class, PTA, etc.) the greater your degree of influence, if you add value to the other members of your group. In summary, this is micro democracy.

Your significance is inversely proportional to the population of your social circle. Jethro may have been the very first person on earth to discover this truth.

Shortly after Moses led his fellow Jews out of Egypt, the people would come to him to settle disputes and dispense justice. So it was, he would hear from individuals throughout the day. His father-in-law Jethro saw what was happening to Moses and to the people. You can read the historical account in Exodus 18:17-26.

Following Jethro’s advice, Moses established a hierarchy of leadership to assure all of the people would be represented and a system of accountability to deter corruption.

Moses changed the system of government from a macro democracy to a micro democracy. Think of this as the first grassroots movement.

Micro democracy works well due to individual influence. Macro democracy is essentially mob rule.

Cause to Repeal the 17th

Our Founding Fathers understood well the principles of influence and accountability.

Article I, Section 3 prescribes the process by which senators were selected up until April 8, 1913 when the Seventeenth Amendment was ratified.

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.

It’s not that there was not cause for this amendment. Corruption in state legislatures left senate seats vacant. The amendment was deemed appropriate at the time. However, it was a short-sighted fix that created the even greater problem of unaccountable senators.

The Accountability Factor

31 senators and 150 representatives comprise the Texas Legislature – a total of 181.

At the end of 2016, the population of the State of Texas was ~27,650,000. Now in 2017 we can reasonably round up to 28 million souls.

Under the 17th Amendment, Senator John Cornyn answers to 28,000,000 Texans. Tell me your significance, being one in 28 million.

Repeal the 17th would dramatically elevate individual influence over Senator John Cornyn who would answer to 181 Texans, our elected agents, representatives. And, the 181 agents could recall and replace him.

Rush Limbaugh says, if you want to know why a politician does what he or she does, follow the money. Let’s follow the money into the campaign coffers of Sen. John Cornyn.

John Cornyn campaign coffer

Who contributes all this money? OpenSecrets.org tracks all the money contributed to politicians. Click on the chart above to learn who contributes the most to Senator Cornyn’s campaign coffer.

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I don’t put the spotlight on Senator Cornyn to demonize him. Rather, my intention is to demonstrate how the 17th Amendment miserably fails us. Campaign finance is a systemic problem.

As it is with practically all U.S. Senators, John Cornyn’s Job One is to get re-elected. Period.

Action

Let’s restore accountability to the U.S. Senate and regain electoral influence by repealing the Seventeenth Amendment.

In 2016, this issue was number 11 on the Texas State GOP platform. Naturally, no senator would endorse a repeal of this amendment. It is of paramount importance that all Texans work together – Democrats and Republicans – to regain individual significance. This is a non-partisan issue.

Learn more from the Texas Convention of States project via Facebook, Twitter, and the Convention of States Action page.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Is there truly an economic benefit to lower taxes?

Is there truly an economic benefit to lower taxes?

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I can attest to the veracity of this chart above from Sen. Ted Cruz. President Reagan held office from 1981 through 1989. We started our business in 1987 in the aftermath of the I-30 condo scandal that wiped out several savings-and-loan companies. It was an improved economy that got us over that disastrous scandal.

We enjoyed a booming business under two presidents, “government is the problem” Reagan and “it’s the economy stupid” Clinton.

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Taxes paid to governments by no means deserve to be labelled “investments”.

Investment defined: the investing of money or capital in order to gain profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value

Taxes NEVER appreciate your value. It is the returns on investments that add value.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a measure of economic activity that represents “the total dollar value of all goods and services produced over a specific time period.” [investopedia.com]

Trump haters virulently oppose tax cuts even when tax cuts work to their benefit. Blind hatred as defined in the Urban Dictionary is “to strongly dislike something without knowing the facts, or by using false information“. The Bible warns:

He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? – Luke 6:39

Here’s a little wisdom if you can handle it: A rising tide floats all boats. This means that economic growth is good for Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, anarchists, socialists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, and communists. (Anyone left out?)

Here’s a little more wisdom: Profitability of businesses forms capital to fund new businesses and to expand existing enterprises. We business owners are the folks who risk our net worth to provide goods and services and employment to add to your net worth.

No nation in all history has ever taxed itself into prosperity.

“I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” – Sir Winston Churchill

As it is written in Holy Scripture, “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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A Headline Begs for a Constitutional Briefing

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Let’s start with order and word counts in the first three articles of the Constitution, as amended.

The order of the three branches of federal government and the word counts are thus:

Legislative Branch, Article One, has ten sections and 2,268 words.

Executive Branch, Article Two, has four sections and 1,025 words.

Judicial Branch, Article Three, has three sections and 377 words.

Do you see a pattern?

Think in terms of a board game.

The Legislative Branch makes the rules.
The Executive Branch moves the pieces on the board.
In the case of disagreement among the players, the Judicial Branch resolves the conflict.

I ask again. Do you see a pattern?

The three are not ‘co-equal’; they do not have equal powers (authority).

A former pastor used to say, “Anything with two heads is a monster.” He was referring to those old Japanese Godzilla movies featuring huge multi-headed creatures. If we surrender ourselves to the myth of three co-equal branches of government, we submit ourselves to a tyrannical monster.

Have you not the time to read and study the U.S. Constitution?

Here is a link to the official document, updated by amendments. https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

The Judicial Branch has no authority to either grant or to deny our natural rights.

Jesus Christ is the highest authority, our lawgiver, executor of the Will of God, and our ultimate Judge. As He said on the Mount of Olives, “…you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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A Fourth Reason to Fire Robert Mueller

 

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Deep state bipartisan operatives successfully empowered former FBI director Robert Mueller’s ‘witch hunt’ to uncover something, anything, that will serve to stop President Trump from accomplishing his agenda. Let’s never forget that his agenda is our agenda.

Mueller staffed his legal team with Democrats who are known Hillary supporters. Unable to uncover any evidence whatsoever against Donald Trump regarding alleged Russian collusion, Mueller has nullified the Fourth Amendment prohibition against warrantless searches. The special prosecutor has extended his warrantless search to ten years of businessman Trump’s financial records. At present, Mueller moves his inquisition into the White House to interrogate the president’s staff.

Mueller’s warrantless searches mirror the infamous British Writs of Assistance that were the basis for the Fourth Amendment.

Historical Background on the Fourth Amendment

In the decade preceding the American Revolution, British governors of the American colonies would issue Writs of Assistance, essentially an unlimited search warrant with which British soldiers could enter any home or business at any time without cause. They would search relentlessly, looking for evidence of illegal contraband. Finding any such, they would seize whatever they fancied without compensating the person from whom the alleged contraband was taken.

Amendment IV

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.

Let’s Make a Deal

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange has an indisputable track record spanning a dozen years. Not once has even one of his disclosures of deep state operations been proven false.

Making America Great Again

My son-in-law has an old car he bought as a restoration project. He wants to make that car great again. To get there, all the fundamentals of automotive mechanics must be restored to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Unconstitutional laws, burdensome taxes, and a behemoth bureaucracy threaten the foundations of our Republic. The 2016 election of Donald Trump as our 45th President marked a turning point in our decline.

The special prosecutor was appointed ostensibly to investigate alleged collusion between the Russian government and the Trump election campaign.

To me, the President’s open acknowledgment of the sovereignty of God in human affairs was the turning point.

President Trump is a threat to the Washington establishment and an ally of patriotic Americans.

How do we make America great again? We restore Constitutional order and we honor our creator.

Creation of the Bill of Rights wasn’t the outcome of lobbyists pouring money into congressional campaign coffers. The first ten amendments came to us through lessons learned under the tyrannical British government.

If lawmakers on both sides of the aisle put America first over partisan interests, Mueller will be fired and corrupt officials will be exposed.

If I had the President’s ear, I would urge him to make the deal with Julian Assange. Mueller’s abuse of the Fourth Amendment is sufficient reason to fire him.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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How far left has the soul of America swung? (There’s good news that will gladden you)

How far left has the soul of America swung? This is the question of the hour.

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Can you handle the good news that outweighs the bad?

Consider this story published in The Sun titled “STATES OF AROUSAL Here are the U.S. States which have the highest number of couples looking for kinky THREESOMES
Sadly, Texas, the ‘buckle of the Bible belt’, ranks number two behind California.

Since the beginning of recorded human history, homosexual acts -aka Sodomy – have been known as a “crime against nature”. Now, special rights have been created out of thin air by federal judges to the point that Christians are punished to the point of bankruptcy and imprisonment for refusing to provide services to homosexuals when said services violate their consciences. To underscore the fact of these extraconstitutional special rights, homosexuals can refuse service to Christians.

Let’s pause at this point to assert the good news that the leftist news media fail to report. Rampant immorality and unpatriotic behaviors by Hollywood and pro-athlete luminaries do not represent the broad worldview and values of our fellow Americans.

 

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Screenshot: The Daily Wire

 

What is the evidence of my assertion? Consider these headlines.

Variety 2017: TV Ratings: Emmys Hit New Demo Low, Stay Even in Total Viewers

Deadline Hollywood 2017: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Down Again On Day Of Player Protests  

Truth Revolt 2015: Chick-fil-A Thrives After Embarrassingly Ineffective Boycott

The Democrat Party leadership assumes ownership of Latinos, Hispanics, and African-Americans. The polls prove otherwise and I mean election polls, not biased media polls.

Here’s even more and better good news as reported in Romans 5:20-21 “… where sin increased, [God’s remarkable, gracious gift of] grace [His unmerited favor] has surpassed it and increased all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, so also grace would reign through righteousness which brings eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God is on His Throne. Jesus Christ is Lord of all. Prayer changes things. And, God never changes, or as it is written in Amos 3:6, “…I am the Lord, I do not change…” and also in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever.

Yes, there is a falling away from our church congregations as this was prophesied almost 2,000 years ago. However, the time is coming when every knee will bow to God and every person alive will confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

The bad news is going to worsen and when the good news comes to pass, we will be rejoicing.

John White
Rockwall, Texas
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Venezuelan Tyrant Macuro Turns to Rabbits for National Salvation

Can Bugs Bunny save Venezuela?

Easy answer: No. Rabbits cannot save Venezuelans. How did Venezuela come to this situation of hunger, government tyranny, murder, and silencing of public dissent?

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Listen to this CNN report titled: Can rabbit meat save Venezuela from going hungry? http://cnnmon.ie/2h5lAFE

Socialism did NOT begin with former president Hugo Chavez; it began with a people who expected the government to provide all their needs. It did. For a span of time. Then the expected happened: Venezuela began to run out of money and credit.

As former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

For the reasons made so obvious above, I have opposed ObamaCare even before Obama assumed office. Nothing has changed my mind.

I learned some neighbors near me cannot retire because they can’t afford the $800/month ObamaCare premium and neither can they afford the $8,000 deductible.

The government does some things very well and those things authorized by our Constitution are those that go well.
When we the people expect the government to take on responsibilities outside constitutional boundaries, we get similar results as do the Venezuelans.

I urge you to remind the House of Representatives and the Senate that our desire and the promise of our Republican Party was for a full repeal. Not a fix. Not more loopholes. Not repealed and replaced. Repealed. Period.

The National debt now soars well above $20 trillion with no end in sight. Higher tax rates will not pay down the debt, but higher incomes can. Therefore, I also urge you to demand the elimination of the Death Tax that robs widows and heirs of their inheritances, and abolition of all corporate income tax which is double taxation.

We small business owners can attest to the fact we pay income taxes twice: first on corporate earnings, then on our personal income.

Socialism blinds a people. By the time the people realize socialism is unsustainable, it’s just too late.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

President Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the liberals go nuts

President Trump pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. For what crime was he pardoned?

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United States District Judge Susan R. Bolton sentenced sheriff Joe Arpaio to prison for contempt of court. She ordered him to cease reporting illegal aliens to ICE. Yes, she ordered him to violate federal law – a federal judge orders a state sheriff to violate federal law. That was his so-called crime.

This morning I read via Twitter John McCain condemned President Trump’s pardon of Arpaio. Sen. McCain accused President Trump of not following the Rule of Law.

For the point of law, let’s understand what the president did. He followed Article 2, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution which states, “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States…shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”

The Constitution empowers the president to pardon anyone, anytime, for any reason except impeachment. Period. Precedent? How about President Bill Clinton’s pardon of a criminal fugitive Marc Rich.

It is John McCain and a rogue federal judge who do not follow the rule of law.

Now you know the rest of the story.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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