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

GOP House Comes Through With Tax Reform

What’s in the bill? Read the full text here: HR-1-House-Tax-Reform-Bill

Democrat lawmakers falsely claim the middle class will not benefit.

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A couple weeks ago, Democrat lawmakers pushed a bill that would raise taxes $10 trillion and spending by $11 trillion. If this were to actually happen, the United States of America would inevitably fall into an economic depression from which we would probably never recover.

The Bottom Line

Republican lawmakers are keeping their campaign promises.

We are on our way to Make America Great Again.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Thankful for God’s blessings, indifferent to the curses of millionaire football players

Can God bless America? Why would God bless America and not bless all the other nations?

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There is a story behind the story of today’s news.

I quote Performing Songwriter on the story of the Irving Berlin song made famous by singer Kate Smith: God Bless America.

In 1940, both the Republican and Democratic parties adopted the song as their theme. Realizing that it would look improper to collect royalties on a patriotic ode, Berlin established a trust, the God Bless America Fund, which distributed all proceeds to the Boy and Girl Scouts of America.

The song wasn’t without its critics. Certain Democrats called the song jingoistic, questioning why God should bless America and no other country, and what about separation of church and state? Others griped about Berlin’s pedigree. As a Russian Jew who immigrated to the U.S. in 1893, why should he speak for America? A prominent pastor in New York, Edgar Franklin Romig, grabbed headlines by calling the song a “specious substitute for religion.”

One songwriter who didn’t like Berlin’s anthem was Woody Guthrie. It’s said that he got so fed up with hearing Kate Smith on the radio, he wrote a rebuttal in “This Land Is Your Land.” In the original version of Guthrie’s classic, he painted pictures of a desolate, corrupt country, ending each verse with “God blessed America for you and me.” Learn the full story behind the story from this link: http://performingsongwriter.com/god-bless-america/

Regarding millionaire professional football players who hold disdain for our nation, a poem by Sir Walter Scott comes to mind: ‘The Lay of the Last Minstrel’, Canto sixth.

Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d,
As home his footsteps he hath turn’d,
From wandering on a foreign strand!
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;
For him no Minstrel raptures swell;
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim;
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonour’d, and unsung.

Yes, it is God who blessed America. Our greatness comes not from ourselves but from the One who formed us and set us as a shining city on a hill.

As for the unthankful, disrespectful millionaire football players, despite their boundless wealth, titles, power and pelf (look it up), they shall pass into the dustbin of history unwept, unhonour’d, and unsung. They will no doubt meet up with Woody Guthrie someday.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Fairness vs. Justice

Fair?? I sometimes experience a gag reflex when I hear this word in a political context.

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One dictionary provides TEN definitions of the word ‘fair’; only one definition worth considering: free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice

I suggest we narrow the focus a bit from the broad-spectrum definitions of ‘fair’ and think instead on a very precise definition, the definition of ‘justice’.

Now, this focus on ‘justice’ is not to be misconstrued as the brand of justice witnessed in courts of law where justice and courts-of-law tend to be oxymoronic. Is my viewpoint Biblical? Read for yourself Matthew 5:25-26.

So, what is justice? Justice defined: the quality of being just;
righteousness, fairness, or moral rightness

In the 21st century lexicon, fairness is a socialist ideal that demands everyone receive the same rewards and benefits, regardless personal productivity.

Modern English Bibles like the NLT and the TLB use the words fair and fairness, but such translations do not put forth the Biblical concept of ‘just’ and ‘justice’.

Because God is just, he never shows partiality or favoritism and therefore does not practice fairness.

Fairness is an expression of equality or inequality among persons. Justice is an expression of merit or demerit of a person with respect to God himself. This is why courtroom justice which is based on human opinions is not the same as God’s just nature which is immutable and eternal.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Now John McCain Lambastes Nationalism?

Headline in The Hill: McCain blasts ‘half-baked, spurious nationalism‘ in emotional speech

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Image: screenshot of The Hill 10/16/2017

The Arizona senator said “we live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil” and said Americans “are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad.” – The Hill

Correction, Senator John McCain: Our great nation was based on Biblical principles. The 1,196,554 military personnel who died in defense of our nation shed 1,495,692 gallons, paid the price of our freedoms.

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Image: PBS News Hour 5/24/2015

Nationalism defined: devotion and loyalty to one’s own nation; patriotism

It was former Vice President Joe Biden who presented the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal to Senator McCain. How significant is this award? Previous recipients include the Dalai Lama, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), former Democratic presidential nominee what-does-it-matter-now Hillary Clinton and Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yousafzai.

Yes, John McCain, a new spirit of nationalism arises throughout the land and for this I thank God. It’s not spurious and yes, it is half-baked, but I can smell the finished product that’s coming out of the oven.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Is the EMP threat genuine? Senator Bob Hall knows it is and the Feds agree

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Image: Screenshot of Washington Examiner video story

Is the EMP threat genuine? Your federal government says it is. Here is a link to an official US Government website on the subject of emergency preparedness against nuclear explosions. https://www.ready.gov/nuclear-blast

Texas State Senator Bob Hall (R-SD2) and I have an up-close-and-personal history involving nuclear armaments. His experience was with ICBMs armed with nuclear warheads. My experience was with the delivery of nuclear bombs from military aircraft.

A nuclear blast near the earth’s surface has a devastating effect on persons and properties within a limited radius. A high-altitude nuclear explosion is a very different experience.

What is an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)? A CNN video titled “What’s an electromagnetic pulse attack?” lays out the consequences of an EMP attack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vurpNu84seU

I am thankful for Senator Bob Hall’s work in the Texas Senate to ‘harden’ power systems and infrastructure in the Great State of Texas.

News video from the Washington Examiner titled “Congress warned North Korean EMP attack would kill ‘90% of all Americans‘” via this link: http://washex.am/2xBx2A3

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Racism – Birth of a Notion

What is race, in the anthropological sense?

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines The Human Race:

:all people :human beings as a group the history of the human race destructive weapons that could wipe out the (whole) human race

Can race be defined through analysis of DNA?

According to a Harvard University scientific report on race and origins,

…there is no evidence that the groups we commonly call “races” have distinct, unifying genetic identities. In fact, there is ample variation within races.

All the scientific papers I read on this subject uniformly say human beings are 99.9 BloodPoster-ItsAllTheSameToHimpercent identical genetically. African-American blood is fully compatible with a same-type blood of a blond-haired Swede or a black-haired Sioux Indian. Our organs are interchangeable. Between ethnic groups, the DNA molecule that defines the color and texture of our skin or eyes is identical, except for allenes, an infinitesimally tiny component of that gene.

So, the question of where the notion that one ethnic group is inferior to another must be answered and the answer can be found in a non-scientific theoretical book written by Charles Darwin titled:

1861_THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES by MEANS OF NATURAL SELECTION, or the PRESERVATION OF FAVOURED RACES IN THE STRUGGLE FOR LIFE

The essence of Darwin’s theory, with respect to humanity, is there are superior races and inferior races. This idea spawned and published by Charles Darwin was an important element of support for the Nazi persecution of people groups whom the Nazis thought inferior: Slavs, Jews, Gypsies, mentally defectives, etc.

American slave owners used Darwin’s theory of the origin of the species to justify slavery.

So the question must be asked: how many races of mankind are there? The answer: there is only one race of men. Ethnic backgrounds do not a man define. It is the culture that defines a man.

Slavs, Jews, African-Americans, orientals, Europeans and Hispanics/Latinos are all one race. Period.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

 

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