How's The Seventeenth Amendment Working Out for You?
By Devvy Kidd
owners all over the country - including law enforcement who take their
oath of office seriously - are shocked by the level of attack against
the Second Amendment since the horrendous tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary
school last December.
control" is chanted a hundred times a day by members of the Democratic/Communist
Party USA and their sycophants. The useful fools in print and electronic
media, as well as barkers on the boob tube, make sure Americans get
daily mega doses of carefully crafted propaganda. The families of
children and teachers killed in Newtown have allowed themselves in
their profound grief to be used as tools for tyrants and they're very
serious about it:
a lobbyist for families of Newtown shooting victims called the office
of Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) to set up a meeting, the first response
was a standard D.C. offer. They could get a meeting with her staff,
and Collins would stop by, they were told. The families’ answer:
not good enough. According to their lobbyists, the families have a
rule against staff-only meetings: They won't do them. They insist
on sitting down with the senators themselves. The families wound up
getting more than 15 minutes with Collins.
rule is just one of the ways that the Newtown families, political
novices just a few months ago, are proving to be savvy, effective
advocates as they promote the gun legislation that has finally begun
to move through the Senate. The families are well-educated, and many
are well-off. They have been polished and sharp on TV. They're mostly
non-political, but quite accomplished in their own fields. With access
to money and media, they're using persistence, visibility —
and, most all, their unique moral authority — to help prod Senate
action. They also have their own lobbyists — several of them,
won't use the over-used "we cannot imagine their pain".
We can't. However, those families have no right to demand the
Second Amendment be infringed, altered or amended, period.
those who might not be familiar with the issue of the Seventeenth
Amendment and the point I'm making in this column, here's a short
the First Continental Congress was convened via a resolution of the
Congress of the Confederation, one of the first issues discussed on
May 29, 1787, was the balance of power for a newly created General
delegates were firm: The American people would be represented by a
representative voted into office from lawfully created districts according
to population. The states were to be represented in the U.S. Senate
by individuals elected by each state legislature.
Madison, known as the Father of the Constitution wrote: "The
Senate will be elected absolutely and exclusively by the State legislatures."
John Jay, co-author of The Federalist Papers is quoted: "Jay
then informed Governor Clinton that, unlike the Senate, where the
two-thirds rule was in force for treaties and impeachment, the lower
house had nothing to do with treaties; it represented the people whereas
the senate represented the states - for the Federalists always
a significant distinction."
U.S. House of Representatives was to be the legislative body for the
people. Each district within the states of the Union would elect an
individual to Congress (Art. I, Sec. II) who would represent them
under Art. 1, Sec. 8 of the U.S. Constitution. The framers were adamant
that the states remain sovereign entities and have equal representation
in Congress. Thus, the U.S. Senate would be comprised of two senators
from each state. (Art. I, Sec. III)
senators would be elected by their state legislature to go to Washington,
DC to represent the interests of the state, not the people. If they
didn't, the state could recall them, fire them and hire someone new.
The Senate confirms federal judges and supreme court justices. The
Senate must advise and consent to ratification of treaties that have
been negotiated and agreed to by the President -- Art. II, Section
II, U.S. Constitution.
framers of the Constitution wisely understood the absolute necessity
of ensuring the people would have the right to vote for our representative
in Congress, and at the same time because they all jealously guarded
freedom and liberty, the states must also have equal representation.
We the people would have the ability to remove - via the ballot box
- miscreants and scoundrels, while the state legislatures could recall
their U.S. Senators who acted against the best interests of their
state. The absolute right of the states to equal representation was
wiped out when the Seventeenth Amendment was declared ratified on
April 8, 1913. It was not.
egregious harm done by the U.S. Senate since 1945 could fill several
volumes. That body of Congress handles areas that directly affect
all of us regardless of political party. During the debate in 2011,
for the disaster known as Obamacare, Senator Olympia Snowe [R-ME]
stated her constituents wanted Obamacare. Snowe is a progressive socialist.
Her vote will have a direct impact on all Texans if our state doesn't
nullify, yet Texans could not vote her out of office. Thankfully,
Comrade Snowe did not seek re-election in 2012. However, she was replaced
by an "independent" who
has zero understanding of the Second Amendment, Angus King. His
vote will affect my Second Amendment rights and I can't vote him out
of office and neither can you unless you live in Maine.
we've seen with NYC, Colorado and the State of Connecticut isn't gun
control. It's a major step towards amending and eventually nullifying
the Second Amendment, which no government, state, local or federal
has any legal right to do. You couldn't pay me to go to NYC or the
State of Connecticut and spend a dime.
major population centers like Denver and Boulder were long ago taken
over by socialists and communists who call themselves liberals or
progressive liberals. They infest the state capitol and governor's
mansion like the vermin they are in their quest to destroy freedom
and liberty. My husband and I lived in Colorado from 1989 - 1997.
Leaving was the best thing we did as I would not want to live there
now nor will I go out of my way to spend any money in that state.
I hope hunters and all Second Amendment supporters call
the governor's office out there and tell John Hickenlooper: no
conventions, no vacations, no hunting, no snow skiing, only gasoline
along the highway as you pass through.
Alexander (Tenn.) NRA A rated; Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) NRA A rated; Richard
Burr (N.C.) NRA A rated; Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) NRA A rated; Tom Coburn
(Okla.) NRA A rated; Susan Collins (Maine) NRA C+ rated; Bob Corker
(Tenn.) NRA A rated; Jeff Flake (Ariz.) NRA A rated; Lindsey Graham
(S.C.) NRA A rated; Dean Heller (Nev.) NRA A rated; John Hoeven (N.D.)
NRA A rated; Johnny Isakson (Ga.) NRA A rated; Mark Kirk (Ill.) NRA
F rated; John McCain (Ariz.) NRA B+ rated; Pat Toomey (Pa.) NRA A
rated; Roger Wicker (Miss.) NRA A+ rated
surprise me if the NRA endorses those same turn coats next time they
unlawfully come up for reelection. Probably throw a few bushels of
money their way from your donations and membership dues,
just like the NRA does for Harry Reid. That's why I do not belong
to the NRA.
has been issuing multiple alerts recently because of the imminent
danger that is facing us - as the Senate will soon be taking up
gun control legislation. Much of the focus has been on the Senate.
But if anyone thinks that the House and specifically Speaker
John Boehner is our fail-safe to killing gun control in the
Congress, they had better think again. Speaking on Meet the Press
on March 10, Speaker Boehner said that he has "made clear if the
Senate acts on gun control legislation, the House will consider
it." Quite simply, that means that House Speaker John Boehner
will allow the House to consider votes on gun control legislation."
Owners of America recently sent out this alert: The Battle Will Take
Longer than We'd Hoped: "We've been fighting these gun control
battles for almost 40 years now. And we almost always win. But it's
almost always a nail-biter. And so it is on Obama's gun control agenda",
Owners of America: Why won't you mobilize your millions of members
to demonstrate at the state capitols by the thousands and demand the
constitutional militia be revitalized? Isn't 40 years of fighting
the same battle an indication what you're doing hasn't brought about
the solution, only more Band Aids? What? You afraid the useful fools
in the media will excoriate you for supporting the Second Amendment?
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of
a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall
not be infringed." Non members like me, and I believe, a great
majority of Oath Keepers would join you in our respective states.
Scott. Barely a week ago I heard you rail for two hours about independence.
Mr. Hardwick, how many times have I heard you speak of freedom at
my father's table? Half the men in this church, including you father,
and you, Reverend, are as ardent patriots as I. Will you now, when
you are needed most, stop at only words? Is that the sort of men you
are? I ask only that you act upon the beliefs of which you have so
strongly spoken and in which you so strongly believe." -- 17
year old Ann, from the movie, The Patriot
well meaning folks don't seem to grasp 'private' militias have no
legal authority to do anything other than target practice:
citizen militia consisting of law enforcement, military and civilians
founded by pro-2nd amendment Police Chief Mark Kessler to protect
citizens against an over bearing federal government has now expanded
to 38 chapters each in a different state. Formally known as the Constitution
Security Force Chief Kessler called upon the creation of a Citizen
Reserve force to protect Americans from the ever growing plethora
of threats to Life, Liberty and Justice Citizens face from the federal
government in the draconian post 9/11 dark times we live in. Chief
Kessler proposed legislation to his town of Gilberton, Pennsylvania
asserting the right to assert 2nd and 10th amendment rights despite
in defiance in any orders coming from the Gestapo thugs in Washington,
D.C. taking orders from the notorious Obama regime."
is facing a nation-destroying illegal alien amnesty push from a Congress
stocked with high ranking Republicans eager to rubber stamp Obama’s
unlawful and unConstitutional amnesty decrees instead of reining the
President in from the one party dictatorship he is transitioning America
the center of this push for Amnesty legislation, some Republicans
are acting as a Judas Goat to lead conservatives to their own political
doom. Whether you believe their positions are malicious political
theater or the result of mistaken beliefs is up to you, but the deadly
and destructive results of their actions will be the same if you fall
for the Marco Rubio (202-224-3041) and Rand Paul (202-224-4343) amnesty
plans. Let me be very clear, Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals) Amnesty memo is not a law. It is not an Executive
Order. It is a memo. America is now under a form of governance by
while Republicans like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, Jeff
Flake, Speaker John Boehner, and Eric Cantor rush to rubber stamp
Obama’s illegal amnesty memo with actual legislation, they are
in fact supporting a new form of authoritarian and dictatorial governance
for American citizens. How else can we explain the wide ranging amnesty
policies currently being implemented coast to coast, including the
release of thousands of illegal aliens from detention centers, including
those incarcerated for broader crimes against American citizens, which
has no backing in legislation, existing laws, or election outcome
other than the race for President?
like North Carolina and others that are now giving licenses to illegal
aliens, which 77% of Americans oppose according to Rasmussen polling,
are responding to Obama’s memo. Not a new law and certainly
not an official Executive Order! Did we spend all of that money and
time to elect a Congress and Senate that works simply to rubber stamp
unlawful decrees from the President instead of representing the American
majority that has made it clear they reject any form of amnesty and
demand immigration and border enforcement instead?"
is one of the stupidly named "gang of eight" senators who
are going to sell us out to reward liars, thieves and cheaters. The
consequences of this new amnesty will absolutely be the giant nail
in our coffin. Illegals will continue to kill this economy, our way
of life and those 20+ MILLION will register to vote for the Democratic/Communist
Party USA. The Republican Party may as well close their doors.
"Gang of Eight": Senators Schumer [DC - Democratic/Communist
Party USA], McCain [R}, Durbin [DC], Graham [R], Menendez [DC], Rubio
[R], Bennet [DC], and Flake [R]
It doesn't matter if they've been here five minutes or 50 years,
they have no right to be on U.S. soil. You don't reward liars,
cheats and thieves just because they've been doing it a long time.
And, no they won't get deported. Members of the Democratic/Communist
Party USA and the impostor camped out in the White House will
find some way to make sure they stay.
The destruction by illegal aliens to this country since Ronald Reagan
opened the doors to the mass invasion for decades takes your breath
away. I'm sure Flake and one very popular Libertarian former judge
would get along just fine:
know it's true because I just happened to hit the comedy channel while
in my hotel room last November. Perhaps someone should remind Napolitano
about the 50,000 + Americans who have been slaughtered by illegal
aliens since 9/11. About the babies, children and teens raped and/or
murdered by illegals. How the terrorists must love him:
is NO way to do background checks on illegals. Not from communist
China, Ireland, Guatemala, Mexico or Middle East countries. I can
tell you exactly what will happen: Oh, there's not enough money, blah,
blah, blah, so we'll fast track them right in time for the 2014 phony
elections. Mark my words it's happened in the past and it will happen
Local 2544: ""We will continue to have large groups
of illegal aliens chasing Border Patrol agents down so they can be
“arrested”, knowing they will be set free and given temporary
permission to remain here in the United States (no jail space to keep
them locked up until their cases are adjudicated). Once they are set
free with a “promise to appear” (wink, wink) 99% of them
will disappear and never be heard from again unless they commit some
heinous crime. Then, years down the road we will have a new group
of politicians and activists screaming about how we need to “bring
these people out of the shadows” by giving them amnesty. This
is how the merry-go-round works. Proven time and time again over the
span of many decades.
you Secretary Napolitano. Thank you for endangering us. Thank you
for cutting our pay 40% to prove a political point. Thank you for
making our job even more meaningless. Thank you for releasing thousands
of criminal illegal aliens that we risked our lives to arrest and
put in jail. Thank you for all your lies about how “secure”
the border is so that you can prop up another amnesty program."
Budget Committee Republican staff on Thursday released a description
of what they claim is a “major flaw” in the immigration
reform plan being pushed by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight"--a
loophole that will end up being a multi-trillion dollar entitlement
spending increase, with the burden falling on American taxpayers.
According to what has been publicly reported about the Gang of Eight's
forthcoming immigration bill, there appears to be a major flaw that
could allow millions of illegal immigrants to access federal welfare
benefits and poverty programs,” the GOP Budget Committee staff
wrote in a statement to media"
11.5 MILLION illegals hold jobs that belong to Americans. 47 MILLION
Americans are on food stamps. Good paying construction jobs are being
done by illegals for cash under the table while natural born and naturalized
Americans in that industry are on food stamps collecting unemployment.
Now, we are going to reward those who lie and cheat to steal our jobs?
Paul wants illegals turned into taxpayers. Wrong. You don't reward
liars, thieves and cheaters. Rand Paul says we can't deport them.
BULL. There is no effort to really crack down on illegals because
the shadow government wants seamless borders for the North American
Union. The U.S., Canada and Mexico as one region of world government.
The major push, Mr. Paul, just in case you missed it, started with
NAFTA. Go look at this map.
You might also wish to read
my column where I explain about the NAU because the traitors are
still working it quietly while you're working to put food on the table.
urge you to keep calling or faxing your U.S. Senator starting
tomorrow: NO on any gun bills. NO on any "pathway to
citizenship" slick marketing. It is amnesty.
We want illegals deported, period. Call before you go to work if you
live on the West coast. Call on your break or lunch hour, but make
those calls and if possible, send a fax. No email. All you get are
boiler plate canned replies.
do NOT need any more traps called immigration "reform."
We need enforcement and the states to stop giving perks and free education
to illlegals. We need the border sealed and guarded. Tragically for
our country, not one of the four border states governors or legislatures
have the guts to get the job done. That includes Texas where I live.
to 1913, state legislatures elected two senators to go to Washington,
DC to represent the interests of their state and citizens. After the
fraud of declaring the Seventeenth Amendment ratified, the mobs now
"elect" U.S. Senators who go to Washington, DC and vote
for special interests who have bought their favors. They steal the
fruits of our labor for all their pet welfare agencies and programs
and we have no way to vote them out of office. They vote to keep the
grotesque, endless wars in the Middle East funded for nothing. NOT
for our freedom.
Democratic/Communist Party USA king pin, Chuck Schumer, one of the
'gang of eight". Take the poltroon who "represents"
me: "Senator": John Cornyn. There isn't a bill to destroy
the Bill of Rights he hasn't loved. Voted yes to extend the abomination
called the Patriot Act. Voted yes for indefinite detention of Americans
without a trial, NDAA. He's another damn war monger. Votes for every
"free" trade bill destroying even more jobs for Americans.
He voted for the unconstitutional $700 BILLION (borrowed, more debt
on our backs) bank bail outs.
Seventeenth Amendment was NOT ratified by enough states and I
have the iron-clad, court proof evidence. In February 2011,
I had a long face to face talk with Rep. Bryan Hughes in our state
legislature. I told him I have been working on this for over 15
years. The states cannot reclaim their sovereignty without
representation in the U.S. Senate. He was very enthusiastic
about getting rid of the Seventeenth Amendment! I spent so much
time and money getting him documents waiting for this new session
in January 2013, as well as a few others in our legislature. I
wrote not only the working paper, but a bill for our legislature
to challenge the Seventeenth Amendment (Click
her, item 4).
what? There will be absolutely nothing done by our legislature this
session which ends May 27, 2013. Rep. Hughes appears to no longer
have any interest in protecting the rights of the state he serves
or we the people of Texas. Our legislature doesn't return until Jan.
2015. In the meantime, Comrades Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid will
continue voting for bills that are destroying our lives and we can't
vote them out of office. Thank you very much, Rep. Hughes. "Don't
Mess With Texas" is a joke in my opinion.
U.S. Senate has played a major role in destroying this constitutional
republic from confirmation of Supreme Court Justices, federal judges,
treaties, Obamacare and now their major push to nullify the Second
Amendment and unleash another wave of illegals invading this country.
Both parties are guilty.
how's the Seventeenth Amendment working out for you?
guess Texans don't mind Schumer, Reid, Flake, McCain and the rest
of those vultures dictating their lives. I guess Americans in the
other 49 states don't mind either, because other than a few lonely
voices out there, Americans prefer to fight for Band Aids instead
of solutions. Of course, there is no money in the cure, only the treatment.
Fill up those campaign war chests for the next fake election while
we slide down the razor blade of tyranny.
The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787 by Max Farrand