News for July 3, 2009

Posted on July 3, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , , |

REMINDER- Stop by your local Tea Party this weekend, even if just for a few moments. It is important that we show strength in numbers against the outlandish spending and trashing of our constitution in Washington DC! Find your location here:  http://www.reteaparty.com/teaparties/
 
Helen Thomas Speaks Out on Obama’s Control of Media
“I’m not saying there has never been managed news before, but this is carried to fare-thee-well–for the town halls, for the press conferences,” she said. “It’s blatant. They don’t give a damn if you know it or not. They ought to be hanging their heads in shame.”
 

Real ID: A Real Warning on the Danger of Government By James Bovard
http://www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php
The REAL ID Act may be on the verge of receiving its final coffin nails. Unfortunately, the Obama administration is pushing a replacement bill that poses many of the same threats as REAL ID. The history of REAL ID should inspire friends of freedom to once again vigorously oppose any and every federal grab for their personal information. Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) complained that REAL ID “defined the term ‘terrorist activity’ so broadly that it basically covers anyone who has ever used a firearm.” REAL ID’s expansion of the definition of terrorist activity is especially perilous considering the hostility that some congressmen have towards gun owners. And the danger is compounded because some Homeland Security Department officials have already labeled individuals who invoke the Constitution or support candidates like Ron Paul as radicals and extremists. This past April, a Homeland Security report entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Environment Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” defined as “right wing extremism” groups and individuals who are “mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.” (See document here:

http://michellemalkin.cachefly.net/michellemalkin.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/hsa-rightwing-extremism-09-04-07.pdf ) Thus, anyone who firmly believes in the Tenth Amendment could be classified as a threat to public safety. Once the groundwork is laid, the feds could exploit REAL ID to block people to travel to political protests. (The federal No Fly list was exploited in a similar fashion in 2002 to block Wisconsin nuns from traveling to an antiwar protest in Washington).
Now, Obama’s Homeland Security chief, Janet Napolitano, is urging Congress to enact what is portrayed as “REAL ID-Lite” — the PASS Act (Providing for Additional Security in States’ Identification Act of 2009). 

Banks Own the US Government By Dean Baker at Global Research
There are smart ways to raise money and regulate the market, but Wall Street is working to kill any meaningful financial reform. Last month, when the US Congress failed to pass a bankruptcy reform measure that would have allowed home mortgages to be modified in bankruptcy, senator Dick Durbin succinctly commented: “The banks own the place” That seems pretty clear. After all, it was the banks’ greed that fed the housing bubble with loony loans that were guaranteed to go bad. Of course the finance guys also made a fortune guaranteeing the loans that were guaranteed to go bad (ie AIG), and when everything went bust, the taxpayers got handed the bill. The cost of the bailout will certainly be in the hundreds of billions, if not more than $1tn when it is all over. More importantly, we are looking at the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression. The cumulative lost output over the years 2008-2012 will almost certainly exceed $5tn. That comes to more than $60,000 for an average family of four. This is the price that we are paying for the bankers’ greed, coupled with incredible incompetence and/or corruption from our regulators. Under these circumstances, it would be reasonable to think that the bankers would be keeping a low profile for a while. That’s not the way it works in Washington. The banks are aggressively pushing their case in Congress and the Obama Administration. Not only are we not going to see bankruptcy reform, but any financial reform package that gets through Congress will probably contain enough loopholes that it will be almost useless. In this political environment, the poor might get empathy, but Wall Street gets money, and lots of it. Even when the issue is global warming Wall Street has its hand out. The fees on trading carbon permits could run into the hundreds of billions of dollars in coming decades. A simple carbon tax would have been far more efficient, but efficiency is not the most important value when it comes to making Wall Street richer.

 
 
“Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and the Republic for which it stands.  Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the
Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”
Daniel Webster
http://www.wethepeoplefoundation.org/
We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education exists to Protect and Defend The Constitution of The United States of America.  As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, we are not concerned with politics or personalities in office. Our objective is to return America to its founding principles, from which the vast majority of our elected officials in both parties and all branches of our government have greatly strayed, further and further  in recent years.  From our perspective, our Republic is in grave danger, our Constitution hangs by a thread. How has this happened? The people we have put in office are a reflection of our own consciousness.  We cannot right what has happened to our government without first re-awakening our own commitment to our Freedom Documents and understanding the role each of us plays in holding our government accountable for their actions.” Join in by supporting the Continental Congress ’09 – visit the website to find out what it’s about!
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