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2023-4-8 Bogus Solutions
2022-8-23 The Swamp of Corruption
2022-8-17 The Great Experiment in Self-Government
2022-1-21 How the great experiment in self-government was destroyed
2022-1-2 Thoughts on a Grass Roots Movement
2021-12-18 Four Root Issues
2021-5-20 How long does it take?
2021-5-6 How one 4-letter word destroyed America
2021-4-22 Which is it?
2021-4-21 Root causes of America's downfall
2021-4-12 Enumerated Powers
2021-3-15 Regarding Lip Service
2021-1-2 Goals for action, your thoughts?
2020-11-20 Thoughts on stopping election fraud
2020-7-22 Repairing the Filibuster
2020-7-1 Can we restore the dream of self-government?
2020-6-18 Article the First-an essential for self-government to work
2020-5-15 Covid-19 may be the perfect pandemic
2020-5-2 There was a time
2019-8-5 Save America and Make America Greater
2018-11-13 Some thoughts on what comprises the swamp
2018-9-21 Turning California around can turnaround our nation
2018-9-15 Sound as a U.S. Dollar?
2018-9-13 California is no longer a republic
2017-5-8 Federal Judiciary
2017-5-8 Being True Blue
2017-4-23 Saving Healthcare in America
2016-10-9 Comments day after 2016 election
2016-6-20 Fixing our Nation
2014-5-23 Building a consensus
2014-5-17 Political Schemes to undermine the Constitution
2014-5-10 Regarding: Let's get our act in gear
2014-5-10 Let's get our act in gear
2014-5-10 Environmental Extremism
2014-5-9 The bad guys won
2014-3-7 Why we permanently lost control of Congress
2014-3-1 Why Movies and TV have changed so much since 1967
2014-2-26 Retired email Signature
2014-2-16 A self-governed people
2014-2-14 Article the First - restoring representation to the people
2014-2-8 Tea Party plan of action
2013-12-13 Can we unite in a common Spirit?
2013-11-8 A new paradigm
2013-10-8 From Defense to OFFENSE
2013-9-23 Why Elite private schools produce so many of America's leaders
2013-9-21 1958 published Communist Goals
2013-9-18 How does this guy get away with this?
2013-9-9 America is on a slippery slope
2013-5-17 A Voice Crying in the Wilderness
2011-8-6 Credit Downgrade
2011-7-20 We Need A Plan
2011-2-8 Win Back America
2009-5-1 America Silent
1994-4-20 Introduction to the Bible
1988-1-6 Fundamentals to Christian Growth
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Miracle Drug: Spenditol
Forms of Government Explained
Essential for our society and economy to work
The True Cost of Public Education
Government Unions and the Bankrupting of America
How raising the Minimum Wage Hurts the Poor
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Things that may change your worldview:
Hard Science: Why the Universe is the way it is
Science of life: The Hidden Face of God - How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth
Reconciling 6 days with 14 billion years - The Science of God
Myths, Lies, and Half Truths - How Misreading the Bible Neutralizes Christians
Drain the Swamp
Suffer No Fools
An Agenda - Grinding Down America
Scientific view of Creation
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We have few true statesmen (or stateswomen) in government these days. Instead, we have politicians, the very type of people our founder's hoped to protect our nation against. While self-serving and bought off politicians desperately ignore and oppose this, there are four root issues, which, are either ignored or undermined, which open the doors for our national problems to multiply. While politicians and pundits will focus on all the problems precipitated from the failure to solve these four issues, they will do everything in their power to avoid any serious discussion or action. Failure to address these four root causes are creating our national demise--since unless these are addressed any progress made on other issues can easily be undone:
1) SELF-GOVERNMENT REQUIRES SMALL LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS – It is impossible for self-government to work when big money and special interests control the legislative selection process. And this is what happens when legislative districts grow beyond the public's ability to oversee and control the process. The apportionment amendment, which was the 1st of the 12 amendment proposed for out Bill of Rights was to protect us from this, but it was sabotaged. Not since before the Civil War were districts limited to the size our founding fathers approved in 1789. The uncorrupted version of Article the First should have been our First Amendment to the Constitution in our Bill of Rights, placing an upper population limit on each congressional district. An option not requiring an amendment to the Constitution is outlined here.
2) RESTORE THE FEDERALIST SYSTEM – The Constitution is our first line of defense against government tyranny. Our Constitution was designed with specific, but limited federal (national) government authorities. Under a federalist system, the federal (national), state, and local governments as well as the people have differing responsibilities and authorities. It is NOT within the federal government's authority to assume control over domestic issues—which, with little exception, are the prerogative of the states, local municipalities and the people. We have allowed our Constitution to be shredded by all three branches of the federal government, as they bypass the Constitutional amendment process, enacting measures to further agendas, which are not just unconstitutional, but also wasteful and extremely destructive to the General Welfare of this nation. We must stop the federal government from this practice, most notably usurping state, local, or the people's authority over domestic issues, and rescind or nullify all Executive, Congressional and Judicial actions that have exceeded the powers granted under our Constitutional.
As a further and growing issue, our Constitution's preamble states a purpose of our government is to Establish Justice. But this has been all but obliterated as the courts assume unlimited authority over every aspect of society, often overruling the will of the people. That combined with the use of stare decisis and court procedures, enable attorneys and judges to run roughshod over the public good and sacrifice justice in the process.
3) STOP LETTING BIG BUSINESS DESTROY OUR FREEDOMS – NGOs, special interest groups, and large corporations are corrupting our economy and our freedom. They collude with one another to the point of creating virtual monopolies. Behind closed doors they exercise extreme power over our elected representatives, and secure legislation that harms the ability for small businesses to compete or even survive. Historically, it is small business and independent entrepreneurship that has been at the heart of most job creation and innovation that made America an economic power. We must rein in mega-businesses and non-profits, which increasingly work to the detriment of the General Welfare of this nation. These entities are licensed by government to conduct business; thus We the People can require they operate in a way that does not undermine our nation, our founding values or the General Welfare of We the People.
4) STOP ELECTION FRAUD – As stated in Article I, Section 4, Clause 1 of the Constitution regarding election regulations: “Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations.” Congress must not allow states a blank check on the federal election process; we must act eliminate corrupt processes that have evolved, our nation cannot survive without fair and honest elections. Congress must use its Constitutional authority to establish federal election law sufficient to prevent increasingly rampant election fraud.
Bottom Line: We cannot restore our Republic, limited federal government, or the great American Experiment in Self-Government unless we address these four root issues.
Our Nation's founders were classical liberals. Classical liberalism is the philosophy committed to the ideal of limited government, constitutionalism, rule of law, due process, and liberty of individuals including freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and free markets.
Below is a short bulleted list of what used to be and is rapidly being destroyed:
· Our Constitutional Republic, designed to provide limited government to protect the people is being destroyed, as the false ideas of about democracy are used to move the nation increasingly towards an oligarchy ruled by the ever more powerful elite.
· Our Constitution – adherence to the integrity of its original intent as a federalist system of a limited federal government with sufficient protections and safeguards to avoid government abuse.
· Without imposing a state religion, maintaining a basic respect for Judeo/Christian values, which provided the generally accepted moral standard for society.
· Melting Pot – multi-cultures are expected to embrace American values and assimilate into the common culture.
· To be a land of opportunity with minimal laws as necessary to avoid anarchy and reasonable protection of the public and natural resources, while providing the opportunity for religious, educational opportunity, use of private property, free enterprise, and freedom to flourish.
· A sense of national integrity, self-respect for American values with a healthy sense of national pride and unity.
· A basic respect for the rule of law and practices that maintain the fairness of the law.
· A healthy realization and caution that other nations and peoples do not necessarily respect or share similar values to those that allowed for the freedom and opportunity available in the United States of America—thus we must exercise caution on our foreign involvements and with those we allow access into our nation.
Once the 4 issues are addressed, true progress can be made about fixing the federal government:
America must decide whether it wants a government where We the People have self-government, as envisioned by our founders when they framed the U.S. Constitution, or whether they want the corrupted version as we have now, where with minor exceptions, big money and special interests govern in ways that are contrary to the general welfare and contrary to the will of the people.
Most of what needs to be done can be fixed by a clarification of the original intent of portions of the Constitution and a strict adherence to original intent. Fixing the Congress is a biggee, and one which will require two Constitutional Amendments, one to repeal the 17th Amendment (which destroyed the Senate's ability to enforce the 10th Amendment or represent the people) and the passage of an Amendment similar to Article the First, which was the first of the 12 amendments approved by Congress in 1789 (10 of which comprise what we refer to as the Bill of Rights). All 12 were sent to the states for ratification. Article the First was meant to bracket the size of a congressional district such that for every 50,000 people in the nation we would have one representative—possibly because it was so critical to the concept of self-government by We the People, it was sabotaged and did not get ratified.
50,000 (as approved by the House) or 60,000 (as approved in the Senate version) represents a practical maximum for a congressional district population if we want to provide reasonable assurance that the local citizens can adequately select and elect representatives known to them and which represent the local community interests—and not be fooled by the propaganda of special interests.
If such reasonably sized districts are enforced at the federal and state level, and the 17th Amendment repealed, then the legislatures at each statehouse will be accountable to the people and thus tempered in their selection of a Senator, and House members will be accountable to their local district. Of course big money and cunning will still be in the loop, but the people will be able to protect themselves much better from such influence.
Graph showing how the population size of House Districts have grown over the years. The sudden change upswing since 1911 is the result of Congress freezing the size of the House membership to the current 435 members.
If we do not shrink the population of congressional districts back to a manageable size, then we cannot be a self-governed people, as large districts make it impractical for the public to actually know the candidates—or even select them—other than to vote from a list of what is submitted to them by the powerful interests that have the capability to control big government operations.
Everything suggested below as possible fixes could be accomplished in a single election cycle if the general public bought into it, we selected and elected representatives committed to its implementation. Some clarification (restoration of original intent) to the Constitution is required as with the repeal of the 17th Amendment and the passage of a new amendment to replace the original amendment (Article the First) approved by Congress in 1789, but not properly ratified by the states due to a clerical or intentional error.
Additionally, we need to educate public to the following aspects and create appropriate law to enforce it:
This is simply a draft of some ideas on what I believe needs to be done to fix this nation. Please offer me your thoughts and ideas—including your disagreements.