The Constitution Pt. 3

December 9, 2009

I will be out of communication for a few days. A well deserved vacation, my first in about twenty years, so I thought I would give you something with meat to chew on. So here it is Article 1, Section 2. (The capitalization in these documants is from the original. I have not altered the text in any way.)

The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.

No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.

[Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. (Changed by Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment.)] The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every susequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode Island and Providence Plantation one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.

When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.

The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

That’s it for Section 2. Basically what we have here is the House of Representatives. It says that the people shall elect their Representatives every two years and the Representatives shall be 25 years old, a naturalized citizen for seven years, live in the State they represent, and have the qualifications for the State Legislature of that State. It then goes on to list how many representatives each State should have according to the one to thirty thousand ratio they established. So if you’re a Representative you should be representing thirty thousand people.

The Constitution Part 2

December 3, 2009

Continuing in our series “Through the Constitution” today we’ll look at Article 1, Section 1. All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

This is Section 1. Fairly simple and self explanitory let’s enjoy this while we can. This Article goes on for ten sections and one is three pages long. We will get to it all but I am finding that it may not be every day on these posts. I’m thinking more along the lines of once a week unless I find myself with plenty of free time. The good news is there aren’t nearly as many articles as I remember so we should still finish this in a reasonable amout of time.


November 24, 2009

Can you tell me why we’re in Afghanistan? Are we really looking for Bin Ladin? The same old tired answers. The Taliban, Bin Ladin, what? Certainly it’s not that we’re opposed to sharia law as we’re allowing it to infiltrate our culture. Why do we even have such an army? Someone on the radio the other day said it was mandated by the Constitution to protect us. I can’t find that crap anywhere in our Constitution.

The real answer to our middle east problems is to get the heck out. These people have been at war for thousands of years and maybe that’s why the world thinks we’re arrogant. Because we think we’re going to go in there and end all this.

The first thing I always hear when I suggest this is, “What about Isreal?”. My friends let me tell you about Isreal. It’s not Isreal that needs protecting from us, they can take care of themselves. If anything we restrict them from having their way in the middle east. Isreal is a military powerhouse not to be triffled with that would make quick work of any invading force if not for our meddling. I said ANY invading force.

Why then are we in the middle east? This question has always puzzled me since I was very young and first found out what was going on there. As long as I can remember we have had a military presence there. The obvious answer is oil but that don’t seem to be adding up. We go in there and tear up and spend billions of dollars and all we get is higher gas prices. No, oil doesn’t make sence either.

How about control, are we trying to control some thing or some one? I don’t really see that happening. Everytime we go in there we seem to lose control. No, I think that if you’ll think about it you’ll find that the only thing happening here is a redistribution of wealth.

WHAT? Well think about it.

We have made the Saudi’s very wealthy. Every street urchin there has pockets full of American dollars. Oil money. As well as Viet Nam, Korea, Japan. Need I continue? WTF? Don’t listen to Hanoi Jane and her ilk on this. Those people are so much better off than they were that it makes me sick. Go there. See for yourself. Ask them. They will tell you.

The media goes in and finds all the hard luck stories to tear at your heart but the real story is that we brought these countries out of the middle ages and into the present. Has anyone been paying attention? The best thing that can happen to these third world holes is for us to drag our big, dumb, military butts in there and stimulate the heck out of their economy.

REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH! It has been going on right under your nose for your entire life and you didn’t even realize it.



July 29, 2009

From an ATF open letter to all Tennessee federal firearms licensees:

“The passage of the Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act, H.B. 1796, 106th Leg. (Tenn. 2009) 1796 (“Act”), effective June 19, 2009, has generated questions from industry members as to how this State law may affect them while engaged in a firearms business activity. The Act purports to exempt personal firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition manufactured in the State, and which remain in the State, from most Federal firearms laws and regulations. However, because the Act conflicts with Federal firearms laws and regulations, Federal law supersedes the Act, and all provisions of the Gun Control Act and the National Firearms Act, and their corresponding regulations, continue to apply.”

Montana federal firearms licensees also received a similar letter. I don’t recall “THE CONSTITUTION” giving these “schoolyard wimps” this authority so I’ll suppose this is a feeble attempt at coercement. I really enjoy consulting my pocket copy of the Constitution then shredding letters from the feds. Who are they to tell me what I can and cannot do in regard to this? They work for me, remember. This ATF is one that is really out of control and chairman zero needs to reign them in before they get seriously hurt. To paraphrase the immortal words of the reverend Jeremiah Wright, “God damn the ATF!”