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Constitution Is the Solution Series

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Don’t miss out !  Session 1 starts Saturday, April 26 at Noon.

The Constitution Is The Solution for what ails America. Do you feel a sense that our nation is in trouble? Do you feel, as many of your neighbors feel, our nation is moving in the wrong direction? This series examines the original intent and philosophy of limited government espoused by our founding fathers. It shows how our greatness as a nation is linked to our ability to enforce the Constitution and restrain the powers of government. This is not a trivia course. This course will open the Constitution. We will read from its pages, discuss the letters written by our founders which sought to explain its provisions and discuss how it was originally interpreted and applied. Why seek new innovations if we are yet unfamiliar with the sound principles which were responsible for our rise to greatness as a nation?

This course is divided into 6 parts. We will tackle 2 parts in each session. Topics to be discussed include:

1. The dangers of Democracy: A discussion of the various political systems which magnifies the differences between the  raw power of  Democracy and a Republic. Why our founders looked with dis-favor on pure democracy and how they sought to check the dangers by implementing the “rule of law” in a Republic that would protect individual rights from the fickle whims of mob rule.

2. Enumerated vs. Unlimited Power: A discussion of the two prevailing philosophical views of the Constitution. Is the Constitution a declaration of specifically limited and  enumerated powers or an open-ended system of implied and unlimited powers?

3. Economics: What does the constitution have to say on matters of money? What is a dollar? What are the powers of the federal government with regard to the economy? What about the Federal Reserve? What about paper currency vs. hard money? The founders had plenty to say on these questions.

4. The Constitutional War Powers: How does the Constitution treat war? How and why are the war powers split between the Legislative and Executive branches. Why do we fight so many undeclared wars? What is/was the role of the state militias and how did they provide a check against federal abuse of the war powers?

5. Exposing the Enemies of Freedom: Who is working to subvert our Constitution? What enemies do hard-working, law-abiding Americans have to contend with in order to correct abuses of power and re-establish a working Constitution?

6. Restoring the Constitution: Effective Action in programs such as these help to spread awareness and educate the people. It is said that you must know from whence you came in order to know where you are headed.  Where are we headed America? Help us lead our nation towards a rebirth in liberty by peacefully restoring the proper understanding and application of our Constitution. “Let us bind men down from mischief by the chains of a Constitution.” — Thomas Jefferson

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Admission is free. A freewill offering is to be collected. Google Map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/67+Buck+Rd/@40.1482329,-75.0267703,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c6ad8f69701051:0x2ad217439d1120a

Lecture Series Resource Page: http://federalexpression.wordpress.com/the-constitution-is-the-solution-resources/

 

Written by Mark Affleck

April 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm

The Free Trade Agenda is not about Trading Freely

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The Free Trade Agenda… It’s not about trade and it certainly is not free !!!

If the Free Trade Agenda is not about Trade, then what is it about?

It is all about convincing a slumbering Congress to transfer it’s responsibility “to regulate trade among the states and with foreign nations” to supra-national councils (aka soviets) that are unelected, appointed bureaucrats. Once accomplished, the American people will lose the ability to influence trade policy through their elected officials and become victimized by new, ever-increasing, far-reaching global trade policies and global enforcement agents. Think the regulatory monstrosity is bad now?

This is all unlawful, mind you.

#1. If Congress is to cede power that is explicitly defined in the Constitution, how can it be accomplished by simple legislation? Would that not be considered an alteration of the Constitution and the checks and balances defined within it? Yet we have allowed NAFTA, GATT, the WTO and other similar agreements to be handled in this slick manner. Shame on us! These people should be forced to attempt these schemes through a proper amendment procedure which would be far more difficult if not impossible to accomplish. The supreme court has held as recently as 1998 “the non-delegation doctrine” in Clinton et al v. City of New York. This ruling cited J.W. Hampton Jr. & Co. v. United States (1928), an opinion of at least 80 years duration.

#2. Assuming an amendment were to open the door to this nefarious activity, isn’t a trade agreement involving other foreign powers a Treaty? As such, a simple law is not suffice. This type of agreement would also need to muster two-thirds vote in the Senate as any other treaty requires.

Now it becomes obvious why the President always seeks “Fast Track” or “Trade Promotion Authority” to sneak these agreements through. Under a fast track or TPA method, the Congress is confined to an up or down vote. Debate is limited if allowed at all and no amendments may be offered. Perhaps POTUS knows that even a minor amount of scrutiny will disclose the unlawful nature of the entire process and the treasonous results of the various agreements.

#3. Is “Fast-Track” or “Trade Promotion Authority” constitutional? Not only did the supreme court uphold “the non-delegation doctrine” it also found that “The Line Item Veto”, which was at the heart of this case, violated the “presentment” clauses.  Doesn’t “Fast Track” also violate the presentment clauses?

Every order, resolution, or vote to which the concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of adjournment) shall be presented to the president of the United States…                              US Constitution – Article 1 Section 7 clause 3

The truth is, there is no legitimate means by which this type of agreement can be ratified. Trade matters belong to the whole Congress. And agreements among nations belong to the Senate & President. The President & the Senate can not do by treaty that which the entire government is denied by the Constitution itself. Treaties must be pursuant to the Authority of the Constitution. The non-delegation doctrine requires a specific amendment to allow the delegation of trade authority from the Congress to another body. The multiplicity of nations involved in trade agreements would require treaty law. Even after these hurdles would be cleared, there is some doubt as to whether or not a treaty can include non-governmental organizations and multiple nation states. The entire “Free Trade Agenda” is highly irregular.

The European Model

A truly fascinating study of the European Union’s 50 year progression into a supra-national entity reveals that a European “Free Trade Agenda” was at the heart of the entire process. Rumor has it, that the TTIP, The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment partnership seeks direct economic ties between the US and the EU. Why tie our anchor to that sinking ship? The answer is… The “Free Trade Agenda” is not about free trade. The free trade agenda is a cornerstone program for the creation of a new world order. The transformation of America is indeed happening; and it is happening all too quickly!

Partnerships

How is it that free trade requires partnerships? The very use of the word partnership should be a telling signal to Americans that this type of legislation is more about building an International Framework for World Government than establishing “Free Trade”. By the way, is there any guarantee that “free” trade is “fair” trade? A whole host of new questions can be raised once that sentiment is considered.

If you would like to investigate these issues in detail and live in the Philadelphia area, a meeting is being held on April 9, 2014. See the flyer below and pass it around. Share it with your friends and family. The future of our economy and our ability to self-govern is at stake.

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Education Resources: Extensive Coverage by The New American Magazine

Action Resources: You Are The Resistance !!!

Written by Mark Affleck

April 1, 2014 at 2:22 pm

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Common Core Dangers & Threats To American Liberty & Education

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January 24, 2014 at 2:53 am

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How The Free Trade Agenda Is Knocking Down America: Download The Magazine At No Cost

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Download The New American Magazine: Free Issue

If you have not read the free magazine issue offered here, I highly recommend it. Click the picture or this link. Reading it you will learn how the Free Trade Agenda in the United States seeks to destroy US Sovereignty and usher in a New World Order. The pattern being used in the United States closely resembles that of Europe. Many people are unaware that the European Union began in the post World War II years in the form of multilateral trade agreements. Political union always follows economic union.

Once you read the information and are convinced that the Free Trade Agenda is being orchestrated to simultaneously destroy American Wealth (and American’s ability to resist) and America’s sovereignty you will want to know which members of our Congress are involved in this blatant treason.

You will find members in both parties devoted to this agenda. Some are assuredly duped into thinking prosperity and security will result from our involvement, while others will express that sentiment knowing that it is a ruse. Regardless of the motivation, these individuals need to pay the supreme price for their involvement so that it becomes political suicide to promote the Free Trade Agenda.

The following names are listed on the Transatlantic Policy Network website: (The page keeps moving and breaks the link.)

In the United States Senate

  • Senator Thad Cochran R-Mississippi
  • Senator Mark Kirk R-Illinois
  • Senator Barbara Mikulski D-Maryland
  • Senator Pat Roberts R-Kansas
  • Senator Roger Wicker R-Mississippi

In The United States House of Representatives

  • Representative Marsha Blackburn   (R-Tennessee)
  • Representative John Boehner   (R-Ohio)
  • Representative Kevin Brady (R-Texas)
  • Representative Eric Cantor (R-Virginia)
  • Representative Michael Conaway   (R-Texas)
  • Representative Jim Costa     (D-California)
  • Representative Joseph Crowley   (D-New York)
  • Representative Susan Davis (D-California)
  • Representative John Dingell (D-Michigan)
  • Representative Jo Ann Emerson (R-Missouri)
  • Representative Eliot Engel (D-New York)
  • Representative Sam Farr (D-California)
  • Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia)
  • Representative Doc Hastings (R-Washington)
  • Representative Steve Israel (D-New York)
  • Representative Darrell Issa         (R-California)
  • Representative Ron Kind   (D-Wisconsin)
  • Representative Sander Levin     (D-Michigan)
  • Representative Kenny Marchant       (R-Texas)
  • Representative Jim McDermott     (D-Washington)
  • Representative Mike McIntyre (D-North Carolina)
  • Representative John Mica     (R-Florida)
  • Representative Candice Miller (R-Michigan)
  • Representative James Moran     (D-Virginia)
  • Representative Erik Paulsen       (R-Minnesota)
  • Representative Ed Perlmutter       (D-Colorado)
  • Representative Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota)
  • Representative Dennis Ross (R-Florida)
  • Representative Allyson Schwartz        (D-Pennsylvania)
  • Representative F. James Sensenbrenner     (R-Wisconsin)
  • Representative Fred Upton     (R-Michigan)
  • Representative Greg Walden        (R -Oregon)
  • Representative Joe Wilson   (R-South Carolina)

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Mayflower Compact Novmber 11, 1620

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Commemorating the 393rd anniversary of the Mayflower Compact.
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I wonder if students are allowed to read this in their public school history class? Happy Thanksgiving

Written by Mark Affleck

November 11, 2013 at 10:52 pm

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A Two-Pronged Assault on the United States Constitution

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The Constitution Under Attack   **** GET YOUR FREE MAGAZINE ****

Alert! A rather insidious assault on the Constitution has been in progress for many years now in the form of a continual erosion of the rights of the people, the ignoring of checks and balances, the creation of extra-constitutional branches of government and the defiant redefinition of the document itself.

Yet now, as perhaps never before seen, there is a two-fold attack on the United States Constitution which is being perpetrated by both “Conservative” and “Liberal” interests simultaneously under the auspices of Domestic and Foreign Policy. While both political factions tend to oppose one another in these two areas, the solution each faction promotes would ultimately “fundamentally change” America.

A Treasonous Foreign Policy
20130712-124535The Obama Administration is in the process of hammering out two new “Free Trade” agreements in backroom negotiations. The two treaties are the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The TPP would establish a partnership in which the United States would join with Pacific rim nations in a regional super-governmental structure in which US domestic law would be brought into conformity with that of the other block members. The TTIP would accomplish much the same with nations in the Atlantic region, namely, the European Union nations. Enforcement of the harmonizing of law amongst these blocks of nations would require new international agencies. One can easily see, that the creation of these new agencies by our Congress would move the responsibility of law making out of the hands of our elected representatives to agency members not directly affected by the will of the voting public. In other words, the people of our nation will have lost its ability to affect legislation in these areas. Furthermore, dispute resolution would necessarily need to be handled in tribunals which represent the interests of the partnerships as a whole. Therefore, American businesses will be subject to the will of non-American or super-national panels without recourse to the national  legislature.

story3It is difficult to discuss exact details of these treaties at this time because the negotiations are closed to Congress and the American people. The secrecy in which these negotiations are being conducted is foreboding. I suppose we have to pass the “Partnerships” to find out what is in them. What we do know is that they are being treated as if they are treaties and we are reminded that Treaty Law supersedes the Constitution.  Despite the fact that there is ample evidence to show that treaties are invalid when they attempt to alter the Constitution, much damage has already been done in this manner through NAFTA and the WTO while our domestic courts have ignored these abuses. See the free magazine link below which details what we know at this time.

A Dangerous Domestic Agenda
91ksWGbiNIL__SL1500_Meanwhile, in an attempt to arrest the abuses of a run-away federal leviathan in Washington, our “Conservative” leaders are dreaming up new ways to destroy our Constitution. The latest fad is that of the Liberty Amendments being promoted by Mark Levin. This movement is quite insidious and rather ingenious. While the various problems discussed by Mr. Levin are real, genuine concerns, the poison is in the solution. A Constitutional Convention call could accomplish all of the planks of the “Liberal Left” at once, even if it were called by “Conservatives” for the exact opposite intentions. Please understand, I am not opposed to the intentions, the reasoning, or the correction of real abuses. I oppose the method of solution and here is why.

In the United States of America, the sovereign will of the people is the basis for all government. We are reminded in the Declaration of Independence that “…Men are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights… That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

The methods established within the Constitution to invoke this abolition or altering of the government is the Article V process. One such method is via a Constitutional Convention commonly called a Con-Con. There is a reason this method is not normally used.

Once this process is invoked and delegates are appointed, they would operate with the sovereign power of the people. This raw power must operate outside the confines of the governmental form which they seek to alter or abolish and there is no authority on earth which can restrain it. We are told that the amendments they would seek to establish would require ratification by the existing state governments. Is that a guarantee? No. Theoretically, the existing ratification process could be altered or abolished during this process. We have the historical precedent of the 1787 Constitutional Convention to prove that fact.

When the original 1787 Convention was called, the body was under instruction to alter the Articles of Confederation and the ratification process was specified to require unanimous consent of the 13 state legislatures. Rather than alter the existing document as instructed, they wrote an entirely new document. Read the document they gave us:

“The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.”

What happened to the unanimous consent requirement?

So, I caution my fellow countrymen. Do not be so gullible as to accept these assurances. There are no assurances. Ask yourself a simple question. In a country in which its leaders refuse to obey the contract of government, what makes our “Conservative” leadership believe that new amendments will be obeyed? The solution to America’s woes ultimately come down to the American people having the will to enforce the Constitution as it is written and as it is intended. That need will still exist regardless of how many amendments we pass.

Preserve The Constitution
The primary goal of all Americans must be to preserve the Constitution. For as long as this document stands as a bulwark against dictatorship, we have recourse to it. We have the ability to enforce it. If we allow either the “Left” to Supersede it via dangerous regional partnerships or the “Right” to alter it through convention, all bets are off. So, all men of good will need the Constitution. Our course of action is simple: Defend it and enforce it!

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Written by Mark Affleck

October 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm

John F McManus – The INSIDERS: Architects of the New World Order

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August 5, 2013 at 11:55 pm

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