Righting Our Consent Newsletter

Our great country has its roots in revolution against government without representation.  The people did not consent to most of what they were being subjected to, which amounted to a constant and increasing oppression of freedom and man’s unalienable rights. Eventually they declared their independence from the conditions they found intolerable.  They in effect righted their consent in their governance.

Find out what traditional Americans are doing to right their consent.  Knowing our principles and fighting for them is a duty we cannot afford to ignore with the liberal assault on who we are and what we believe as a country.

April 29, 2011           Issue #17- 2011

Arbitrary Laws Must Not Stand

“’Tis a Mistake to think this Fault [tyranny] is proper only to Monarchies; other Forms of Government are liable to it, as well as that. For where-ever the Power that is put in any hands for the Government of the People, and the Preservation of their Properties, is applied to other ends, and made use of to impoverish, harass, or subdue them to the Arbitrary and Irregular Commands of those that have it: There it presently becomes Tyranny, whether those that thus use it are one or many.” –John Locke

Shortly after riding into office in 2009 on a blank slate, where many a voter had interpreted his vague, albeit exciting sounding platitudes of “hope and change” to be their own hopes and vision of changes, Obama and his collectivist friends “hit the ground running” as he had indicated to his allies he would during his campaign.

Squarely in their target sights was the American health care insurance system, which had been prepped for attack during the campaign as an uncaring, and overly costly system, that was stunting economic growth, failing the people, and in need of major reform.

This was merely a cover lie for the plan to fundamentally change us from a free and consensual government by the people, to a new system of rule over the people by grabbing power from them permanently. Making it appear as if the people were asking for this particular change would be most useful.

Continues…

The Rule of Men Trumps Liberty

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“Positive” Government Rights De-constituting America

Reprinted from the original post at http://forums.traditionalamericanmovement.com

Thanks to decades of progressive education, media propaganda, and politicians from both parties that have ignored their oaths to uphold our US Constitution, we may now say we are nearly de-constituted as a country that once was based on individual freedom and our property rights, in a society which both revered and observed the rule of law.

Preamble of the De-constituted
We the Central Authority of the Subservient States, in Order to form Enduring Powers, establish arbitrary Justice, insure domestic Obedience, provide for the Social Compact, promote the Standardized Consensus Agenda, and to secure and redistribute the Property of the Demos, do command, and so order, this Manifesto as Supreme authority over the subjects of the Socialist States of America from this time forward.

Far fetched? Which part is not already true?

Our federal government, populated and dominated by socialist ideologies, is dictating what the states may or may not do, as well as us citizens, as if we were subjects commanded to obey, instead of the source of our elected representatives authority. This dictating attitude of office holders is heard in their words, and seen through their actions.

The Rule of Law, along with the elements that are required for true justice, have been usurped by the rule of men. The laws have grown so numerous, and so complex as to not be known even generally, much less in any specifics by most of the people. Increasingly we see these laws are applied unequally, to politically favored groups for either exemption or benefit, and to dis-favored groups as punishments and inhibitors of freedom. Not only is the individual left largely unprotected now in favor of the arbitrary “greater good” of society, new laws are damning to the individual… and his rights. Success of the productive is often met by confiscation, overbearing regulation, and even more laws of men which are meant mainly to siphon off a maximum value for the longest time possible, and redistribute those proceeds to ensure political power for themselves. Judicial review is no longer conducted by impartial or independent judges.

Irresponsible social promises have been made now for generations, by those willing to promise anything, without being held responsible for their false advertising, which in turn has made the notion of a ‘social compact’ between the government and the people seem almost natural for people to expect, and many feel this promised arrangement is somehow superior to the idea of true self sufficiency and the liberty to pursue ones own happiness. Evidently these people have never thought it through far enough to realize that one cannot both retain responsibility for determining one’s own path, and simultaneously enjoy no responsibilities for their own welfare.

If we are to retain our ability to demand our consent for a system of self-government, as a representative Republic, we must elect those that understand the elements of good law to be our lawmakers. Otherwise we end up with the rule of men, uncertainty, decline, and worst of all, the end of our liberty.

Our Founders understood what the Rule of Law consists of. Our elected officials need to remember these elements too. The rule of law must be known (knowable) in general to all, have a certainty (a law we count on to last without changing, and have a sound legal framework. It must be applied with equality, with an absence of any government discretionary power which always threatens the Rule of Law. It must have impartial independent judicial review. It must acknowledge its authority is only derived by protecting our individual rights.

The recent Obamacare law is a prime example of what happens when the Rule of Law has been eviscerated and usurped by the arbitrary rule of men. It is an unprecedented massive, unknowable law that was both rushed and rammed through Congress by a majority against the will of the people, which tramples on individual rights, is already undergoing numerous changes, will generate volumes of new rules, is creating uncertainty, is full of both discretionary powers by government and exemptions for government and others of favored status, and much of it is not subjected to any independent judicial review or even congressional review. Life itself will be put at risk by its provisions, which do include a “death panel” based on costs of services.

So we can see that the fictitious Preamble of the De-constituted above is not far fetched at all. This is however how those in power now exercise their duties. This is the power and purpose they are actively seeking by any means possible, and they likely hope to pronounce a similar manifesto of control when they know that they have crushed any resistance to them. They have massively abused their power to the point of controlling us, by ignoring good law, constitutional constraints to limit power, the sovereignty of the individual, and substituting arbitrary rules of their own making. All the positive good born of freedom which our fellow citizens, current and past, have built upon to grow this society into the greatest country, is now in jeopardy of being lost forever unless we end this rogue regime of post constitutionalists and any like it.

It is not too late though, unless of course, We the People ignore what Edmond Burke stated;

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men (and women) do nothing”

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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Church of the Deciders

Church of the Deciders
ROC Editorial 4-15-2011

How important is the first sentence in Amendment 1 of our Constitution’s Bill of Rights?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; …”

Turns out, in light of what is transpiring in this country, it is pretty darned important! Is it not the liberals whom go ballistic at the slightest hint that anyone, at any level of government, would permit anything resembling our traditional religions to be sanctioned in the least by our government institutions? Yet, a strong case can be made, by simply observing the forced cultural trends being driven by the elitists, that we have in fact allowed a new unprincipled, pseudo-religion established by the Left, aided and abetted throughout the political spectrum, and implemented within all the branches of government, and at all levels. Unfortunately many among real religious faiths have also been sucked into the cult.

In academia world, whose members are hailed by the Left as our saviors, it is not a secret, that the professors, authors and philosophers have a general consensus “group thing” going, in which they consider the important aspects of life which must not be left to chance, nor be allowed to develop naturally. It is also true, that for the most part, these “progressives” mostly subscribe to ideologies that reject traditional customs (including religious ones),  Judeo-Christian principles or beliefs, free capital markets, American exceptional-ism, the concept that our government should be limited as to what it can decide for us, or the idea that individuals should be free to follow the dictates of their own consciences, or are even capable of using their reasoning.  It is these beliefs that motivate them to study society and religiously experiment, test, and bless their own opinions, as they employ their hypothesis, theories, and models to change our society into something else, something that can be directed to move humanity in the direction they want… which is often opposed to human nature and free will.

The uprooting of our traditional American culture and customs, and the supplanting of their experimental beliefs and values in their place, is their religion. It may not have one official or exact name, but it has all the elements of a religious organization. It is being established and institutionalized via the courts, the lawmakers, and the executive branch, both through their propaganda, and by the force of government. It has its own symbolism, its sermons, its behavioral expectations, its own narratives, and is setting an alternative morality and ethical standard via its main religious law, “political correctness.”  This authoritative “religious law” is being preached to our younger generations as if it were gospel. Social studies, or indoctrination are paramount priorities, to these “teachers,” far more important (in their wisdom) than reading, writing, or arithmetic of course.

This new religion even has many false iconic figureheads to worship. It also increasingly has real punishment associated with not observing its edicts. Much of what passes today as “mainstream accepted thought” is obviously not how most of us think at all, but rather is what we are told to comply with, or else. Often we can see it is the case that even when the voters are given a chance to say “we do not consent” to a particular aspect of it, we are overruled in the courts, and vilified by the foot soldiers of their crusade. We have already passed a point in which it has become truly absurd as to what we are expected to believe or feel about what society “ought” to be, as established by them. In this system free will and choosing are not really options.

It is clear what our Founders thought about the establishment of any religion that people were compelled to follow. They absolutely knew this would be counter to a free society, so were opposed to it. They listed this as their very first item when outlining our Bill of Rights. They had seen the effects of state-like, freedom-robbing tyrannies that grew in power in the name of religion, but ultimately subjugated its own members, and fought others of different religions constantly over power. They sought to protect the individual’s choice to worship, as he saw fit, not to be dominated by any particular denomination.  At the same time, they further recognized that to be successful as a nation, the principles and morality brought by religion were essential to our future as a nation.

Our government was established as one of self-government by, of, and for the people. We ratified it as such. We did not ratify a system of “comply or else,” where “thought police” dictate what we are allowed to value or believe. The Left has managed to establish this new tyranny by orchestrating a religious-like state, using allies incrementally developed by the political process of dividing us, and dictating what is acceptable in the name of society, and its undefined betterment. If their religion had a name it might be called the “Church of the Deciders.”

Though the Tea Party movement has a very strong element that wants to keep any social or cultural issues away from the three core elements they fight for, fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets, it is becoming apparent this is not enough. The unraveling of our culture is affecting all these areas as well. Businesses are being sued, ridiculous rules are being written for the “PC code,” people are being fired over comments or attitudes that have become forbidden by this code.  In just one example out of hundreds, observe how everyone in business has had to adopt some form of being “green” just to comply with the whole notion that man is destroying his own home planet merely by existing. Classifications of people are now determined to be either good or bad, of being subjected to law, or exempt from it. Woe be it to any party that gets caught in the politically correct snare, sanctions will be forthcoming!

So here we are in 2011, and our own country is becoming extremely foreign to us due to this insidious new religion. The Left has managed to use the government and media to establish a fervor in the name of “the greater good.” They will be the self-appointed stewards in charge of making sure the new commandments are adhered to. There are some new beliefs to learn, some new values to hold to, and some irresponsible behaviors to emulate, along with below average expectations, and a new immoral national character to embrace! So “don’t ask and don’t tell,” don’t worry about a flood of illegals strolling into the country, don’t profile people that worship out of a book that tells them to “destroy us wherever they find us,” don’t try and think for yourselves, don’t believe that government experts can’t solve any ill you may have, don’t question “kinetic military actions” or the end of drilling for oil here, (not now, not ever), but you are permitted to believe in the windmill!  Don’t doubt that your health should not be your business, or the pills provided by the men in black will not provide a wonderful death experience for you, or your loved ones, and above all never try and use logic of any kind!

The real churches are a force for good, and a competition for the Left’s false creation, and the works they perform are based on real and voluntary traditions of compassion for their fellow man and following the guidance of God. They promote self reliance and not dependency. The liberals therefore try to marginalize real religions. They have worked hard to put in place their alternative to them. Recently in its narrative they claimed that we are no longer a Christian nation, and questions if we ever were. They wish for us all to throw our moral compass overboard and leave the navigation to them.

For those that have not yet succumbed and been converted to the Left’s idea of religion, the article Christianity As An Influence On The Founding Fathers, John A. Sterling (Dec. 2001), does a great job of addressing the question; is America still a Christian nation? However, in today’s insane world, read it at your own risk, for surely both the Founders, and us normal thinking people, will be held to be on the wrong side of the new religion!

Message from Rob McKenna-Tax Day Rally

Can you believe it? “We don’t care what happened in the last election.”

That’s right, it’s less than six months since the historic 2010 election, and already the far-left protestors screaming for media attention are pretending it didn’t happen.

In fact, one hard-core tax-and-spend advocate summed up their position succinctly at last week’s protests in Olympia: “We don’t care what happened in the last election.”

Don’t you think that the message voters sent last year was clear enough?

Last fall, voters in our state resoundingly rejected a state income tax and repealed new taxes on candy, bottled water and other items. At the same time they passed, yet again, a 2/3 majority rule for passing tax increases, a measure that majority Democrats have repeatedly ignored and repealed.

No, that message should be clear enough, even for a screaming protester.

Washington voters rejected tax hikes on struggling families and told the Olympia crowd – Make do with the taxes you already take!

It’s not that far-left extremists, some of whom were arrested storming the governor’s office in the capitol last week, didn’t hear that message. They just don’t like it and think your elected officials should ignore it.

And that’s why the mob was cheering when they heard “We don’t care what happened in the last election.”

Now that’s a pretty galling statement. The far-left position is that everything the voters said last year should be ignored, and they made their voices loud and clear in Olympia last week. They received the media attention they wanted.

Unfortunately, average taxpayers don’t necessarily have the time to drive down to Olympia and encourage legislators to hold the line on taxes. They have families to raise, jobs to do and businesses to keep afloat.

So, I do want you to know about one opportunity, perhaps a little closer to your home, where you can make your voice heard. Tomorrow, April 15, I’ll be speaking at Bellevue City Hall to the Tax Day Rally 2011 at 11:00 a.m. It will be a great event where we celebrate our state and stand up for the majority of people who DO care what happened in the last election.

I hope to see you there.

All the best,

Rob McKenna

How to Spell Irresponsible…

Sure is a lot of undeserved back-slapping going on in Washington DC (Elitist Central Control) over having reached a budget compromise.

It is clear that many who hold the reins of power do not like the message they received in November, and have now elected to pretend that us Americans concerned for the unsustainable amount of increasing debt & spending should be the ones who need to get a grip.

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Objects to be Manipulated Into Serfdom

Objects to be Manipulated Into Serfdom

ROC Editorial
[Appears in Newsletter ROC Issue #14-2011]

Objects. That’s us, the American people. The people can be manipulated by words. Those engaged in the perpetual game of acting as Santa Claus, for anyone that has their hands out, in order to retain power for themselves, have shown this to be their attitude to the citizens of this nation. So after decades of this style of governing, our country is in real trouble. Too many people have been partners in this tango of deceit.

It would be one thing if those dispersing all the goodies were the actual owners of the treasures in the first place, and they wished to have them redistributed among themselves, but of course this is not, and has never been, the case. They need productive makers and innovators to loot from. They need the power to force others to comply.

What is happening here now is what has happened around the world by people who were gullible and susceptible to the words of manipulators who hide behind a paper thin veneer of legitimacy based upon their ability to exploit the hardships of the truly needy.

It is sickening to watch so many of our fellow countrymen either enable or participate in this despicable behavior that is so immoral, and so destructive to our society. It is disgraceful to think of all the efforts devoted to the basic tenet of lying your way through life to protect a power sharing racket, based on creating alliances for the purpose of enabling legalized theft and redistributing stolen goods. Yet we see so much evidence of this everyday. From voter fraud, hidden government records, judges ignoring objectivity, outright fabrications like global warming, backroom deals of bribery and extortion, all of it meant to consolidate power over other people. Even those we used to hold in high esteem seem to have no problem with lying their way through life, as we recently witnessed in Wisconsin with doctors writing false sick notes to the unionized teachers that actively sought them out.

This week has given us some hope however. We see real leaders stepping forward and offering a just, compassionate and logical path that ends the perpetual looting game, and restores accountable and responsible government that the good people are finally demanding. The Tea Party movement is comprised of these people that we traditionally think of when we think of America. Honest, hardworking, with a strong sense of family and moral principles who want to preserve the heritage of a great country that lives in freedom and looks out for their fellow man.

Paul Ryan’s budget plan is exactly the type of reform that we need to set this country back on course.  The Democrats are trying to lie to the people, Paul Ryan is giving us the truth! The course lain by Pelosi, Reid, and Obama ends as a smashed wreck on the rocks, with America broken, and its people subservient, and no longer with a say in their own government, while also deprived of any individual liberty. It ends this way only if we allow ourselves to be treated as objects, who were easily manipulated into supporting the dishonest, who are always consumed by the need for power.

However, under the Ryan plan, America regathers both its moral compass, and its strength. A Santa Claus method of favoritism in exchange for power requires an endless supply of other people’s money, taken by force, that is unsustainable. This gangster system needs to be thwarted for good now, no matter how much temporary sacrifice this requires, because when it violently expires eventually and inevitably, after all the money is gone, and our country is in its death throes, the pain will be far, far greater.

The Democrats did not pass a budget because they decided it would be easier to deceive the public by attacking any Republican plan.  The President’s proposal for a budget was a continuation of the irresponsibility and dishonesty he wishes to perpetuate.

So what will happen? Will we become a nation which succumbed to lying words, from liars, who would have us believe they are helping the weak, or will we follow a true path to reform our broken and exploited system to restore the real America?

Via WSJ Paul Ryan: The GOP Path to Prosperity

In a related article on deceit, please read Thomas Sowell’s piece at Creators Syndicate on Political Statistics.  Politicians use of assumptions allow them to mold just about any report to read the way they want it to read. If their assumptions are garbage, their report will be too!