Archive for the ‘Constitutional Rights’ Category
Posted by Liberty on March 25, 2009
I ran across this opinion piece by Walter E. Williams this morning and liked it. There is a growing number of states that are beginning to push back against the oppressive hand of the federal government.
“Our Colonial ancestors petitioned and pleaded with King George III to get his boot off their necks. He ignored their pleas, and in 1776, they rightfully declared unilateral independence and went to war. Today it’s the same story except Congress is the one usurping the rights of the people and the states, making King George’s actions look mild in comparison. Our constitutional ignorance — perhaps contempt, coupled with the fact that we’ve become a nation of wimps, sissies and supplicants — has made us easy prey for Washington’s tyrannical forces. But that might be changing a bit. There are rumblings of a long overdue re-emergence of Americans’ characteristic spirit of rebellion.”
Posted in Conservatism, Constitutional Rights, Educate yourself, Positive News | Tagged: Federal government, Rebellion, State sovereignty, Walter E. Williams | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on March 16, 2009
Dateline: Cincinnati. Police crowd estimate: 4,000!
Posted in Conservatism, Constitutional Rights, Freedom of Speech, Liberalism, Positive News, Sticking to their guns | Tagged: Cincinnati, Government spending, Rally, Tea Party | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 28, 2009
From Townhall.com and Matt Lewis:
“Calling it his first ever address to the nation, Rush Limbaugh rocked the house at the Conservative Action Conference (CPAC) today.
From the time he entered the room to The Pretenders ‘My City Was Gone’ (his theme), to the time he exited the stage, Limbaugh inspired the over-flow, packed audience, and enjoyed countless standing ovations.”
I can’t wait to watch this online! It is linked up at Rush’s website and he’s posted the transcript as well. The twits at the Huffington Post are all abuzz about Rush “doubling down” on wanting Obama to fail–their words, not mine. In my opinion, if a speech by a Conservative gets those mental midgets all worked up, it was probably a great speech! [I’m not posting a link to their site. If you want to read that trash, you can find it yourself! Plus, I don’t want my comment box to be innundated by liberal fruitcakes because of an errant pingback.]
A quick excerpt:
“I want to tell you who conservatives are. We conservatives have not done a good enough job of just laying out basically who we are because we make the mistake of assuming people know. What they know is largely incorrect based on the way we are portrayed in pop culture, in the Drive-By Media, by the Democrat Party.
Let me tell you who we conservatives are: We love people. [Applause] When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don’t see groups. We don’t see victims. We don’t see people we want to exploit. What we see — what we see is potential. We do not look out across the country and see the average American, the person that makes this country work. We do not see that person with contempt. We don’t think that person doesn’t have what it takes. We believe that person can be the best he or she wants to be if certain things are just removed from their path like onerous taxes, regulations and too much government. [Applause]
We want every American to be the best he or she chooses to be. We recognize that we are all individuals. We love and revere our founding documents, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. [Applause] We believe that the preamble to the Constitution contains an inarguable truth that we are all endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life. [Applause] Liberty, Freedom. [Applause] And the pursuit of happiness. [Applause] Those of you watching at home may wonder why this is being applauded. We conservatives think all three are under assault. [Applause] Thank you. Thank you.”
Posted in Conservatism, Constitutional Rights, Freedom of Speech, Future of the GOP, Main Stream Media, Obama, Positive News | Tagged: Conservative, Conservatives standing up!, CPAC, Huffington Post, Liberal fruitcakes, Matt Lewis, Obama, Rush Limbaugh, Standing ovation, Townhall.com | 2 Comments »
Posted by Liberty on February 25, 2009
There is a property rights rally on Monday, March 2, 2009.
Meet at noon on the North steps of the Capitol.
Join Evergreen Freedom Foundation, The Christian Coalition, Cattle Producers of Washington and Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights in taking a stand against Olympia’s intrusion on your private property rights!
Posted in Conservatism, Constitutional Rights, Freedom of Speech, Washington State | Tagged: Cattle Producers of Washington, Christian Coalition, Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights, Evergreen Freedom Foundation, Mylandnotyours.com, Olympia, Property rights, Rally, Washington State | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 14, 2009
“The protest against the porkulus is on for President’s Day!
Date: Monday, February 16th
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Westlake Park in downtown Seattle, 401 Pine St., in the open area by the big arch.”
Be a part of the active, loyal Conservative opposition! Bring your signs to Westlake Park in downtown Seattle to participate in a protest of the stimulus bill!
Posted in Conservatism, Constitutional Rights, Freedom of Speech, Sticking to their guns, Washington State | Tagged: Active Conservatism, Porkulus, President's Day, Protest, Stimulus, Westlake Park | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on February 8, 2009
Take a peek at Tami Michaels’ blog post from Saturday. Is there any part of life that our esteemed Washington State Legislature will not attempt to stifle, control, restrict or regulate? [For those of you not familiar with Tami, she has a Saturday morning radio show about home improvement and interior design on 770 KTTH Seattle. It’s a lot of fun to listen to if you’re interested in improving the appearance and functionality of your living environment–always a learning experience. Find out more at mynorthwest.com] Tami has issued a call to action because apparently, the Washington State Legislature is going to be considering a bill that would create licensing requirements for interior designers. From Washington Votes.org:
“Introduced by Sen. Rosa Franklin, (D-Tacoma) (D) on January 26, 2009, creates a state board for registered interior designers and sets forth registration procedures and standards of professional practice for registered interior designers. (See also Companion HB 1608).”
Tami’s reasoning for opposing SB 5514 is this:
- “There is no threat to public health and safety from interior design. In 2005, the Washington State Department of Licensing did a sunrise review of interior design legislation and found that no threat existed and that no licensing of interior designers was necessary.
- The state, the economy, homeowners and small businesses can’t afford this legislation. This legislation is a direct threat to the survival of many small businesses, putting jobs at risk – something Washington cannot afford. Customers of interior design services will see costs go up as competition decreases and designers will have to pay unnecessary fees if they actually do qualify. Established firms will go out of business, not because they do poor work or have done something wrong – but simply because they do not meet a very specific set of criteria.
- There is no gap in protection. An umbrella of governmental oversight already protects the public and ensures that those involved in design projects follow the appropriate building codes and laws. Plan reviews, building inspectors, code enforcement officials and licensed professionals (architects, engineers, plumbers, contractors, electricians and others) all verify that any work specified by interior design professionals meets the code and safety requirements enacted to protect the public.”
Do you really need the State of Washington to protect you from interior designers? Honestly! There’s a hearing on this bill scheduled for February 12, 2009. Tami’s blog has all the info you need.
Posted in Conservatism, Constitutional Rights, Educate yourself, Liberalism, Stupid legislation, Washington State | Tagged: Government regulation, Home improvement, Interior design, Nanny state, SB 5514, Tami Michaels, Washington State Legislature | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on January 22, 2009
“Introduced by Sen. Ken Jacobsen, (D-Seattle) (D) on January 14, 2009, proposes an amendment to the state Constitution to modify the powers of initiative and referendum.”
There is precious little information out there so far about whatspecifically would be modified but the bill is scheduled for a public hearing before the Senate Committee on Government Operations & Elections today [January 22]. Having a state Senator pushing for modifications to our right to put forth initiatives and referendums is worrisome. I can only suppose that a liberal Democrat from Seattle wants to put up roadblocks to more initiatives to limit car tab taxes, repeal fuel taxes or affirm our gun rights. I will confirm with more specific information as soon as it is available.
We know these big-spending libs hate seeing our silly little citizens’ initiatives on the ballot. They don’t appreciate it when the people paying the bills actually want to have a say in state government. How dare us common people usurp legislative authority! They can’t stand it when we attempt to limit either their power or the amount of money that they can confiscate from us! Who do we think we are?!
We’re the voters! And, we will write, we will call, we will e-mail!
237 John A. Cherberg Building
PO Box 40446
Olympia, WA 98504-0446
Fax: (360) 786-1999
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Constitutional Rights, Liberalism, Stupid legislation, Washington State | Tagged: Arrogance, Initiative, Ken Jacobson, Referendum, Washington State Legislature | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on December 21, 2008
“The California attorney general has changed his position on the state’s new same-sex marriage ban and is now urging the state Supreme Court to void Proposition 8.
In a dramatic reversal, Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a legal brief saying the measure that amended the California Constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman is itself unconstitutional because it deprives a minority group of a fundamental right. Earlier, Brown had said he would defend the ballot measure against legal challenges from gay marriage supporters.”
Memo to Jerry Brown: California’s “ban” on same-sex marriage was about more than which marriages will be recognized by the State of California. It was also the common man’s pushback against judicial tyranny. A vote of the people is how these matters should be decided–it’s how more issues should be decided, in fact.
California’s voters spoke decisively [with a 52% majority] to affirm that only marriages between a man and a woman will be recognized by state government. They also made it clear that they would not accept radical policies forced upon them by activist judges. If Jerry Brown cares so much about the Constitution, perhaps he would recognize that creating law is not the function of the judicial branch of government.
Posted in Arrogant politicians, Constitutional Rights, Judicial malpractice | Tagged: Arrogance, California, Gay marriage, Judicial activism | 1 Comment »
Posted by Liberty on December 11, 2008
“A Kansas-based church that has blamed deaths in Iraq on U.S. tolerance of homosexuality has asked Gov. Christine Gregoire’s office to approve a “Santa Claus will take you to hell” message to display among other religious statements in the Capitol’s third-floor hallway.”
This would be the lunatics from Westboro Baptist Church, best known for protesting at military funerals. Governor Gregoire, do you now see where having no standards takes us? And why in the world are we hosting displays for whackos who don’t even live in Washington State? I can’t believe I’m asking for more government regulations but before next Christmas, there needs to be some standards laid down concerning what is allowed to be displayed in the Capitol.
Posted in Constitutional Rights, Washington State | Tagged: Capitol display, Christmas, Queen Christine, Washington State | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on December 4, 2008
“An atheist group has unveiled an anti-religion placard in the state Capitol, joining a Christian Nativity scene and “holiday tree” on display during December.
The atheists’ sign was installed Monday by Washington members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national group based in Madison, Wis.
With a nod to the winter solstice – the year’s shortest day, occurring in late December – the placard reads, in part, ‘There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.'”
After this story was featured on The O’Reilly Factor last night, Queen Christine’s office has been deluged with calls for the atheist display to be removed. It helps that O’Reilly gave her phone number out on national TV–its 360-902-4111, just in case you’re wondering. Rumor on the street is she’s got that phone number going to voice mail at this time, so persistence is key. You can also call the general information number at the Capitol at 1-800-562-6000.
Kirby Wilbur, a local talk show host on AM 570 KVI [5:00 am to 9:00 am, also streaming live] has been making the point that the Christmas tree, Nativity scene and Jewish menorah are all symbols. Rather than promoting atheism, the atheists are simply making a statement against religion. What a petty gesture from people who are nothing more that self-absorbed activists. Their pathetic little sign certainly isn’t affirming the joys of atheism…because there aren’t any. While Christians and Jews use positive symbols like trees and menorahs in their celebrations, the atheists are relying upon and spreading negativity. Most of us celebrate this season as a time of hope for mankind, joy and gratitude for our many blessings. It almost makes me feel sorry for these silly atheists. Their lives must be so empty.
Posted in Constitutional Rights, Washington State | Tagged: Atheist, Christmas, Queen Christine, Washington State | 2 Comments »
Posted by Liberty on December 3, 2008
“To protect trees, the city may be headed into your backyard.
The Seattle City Council is considering sweeping new rules that would make it illegal for most homeowners to cut down more than three trees in a year.”
No mention in this article on whether or not the city will compensate property owners for the potential loss of use that they may endure or for the definite encroachment on the owner’s abiliity to decide what is best for their property.
Posted in Constitutional Rights | Tagged: Property rights, Seattle, Washington State | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on December 2, 2008
I read this article this morning on National Review.com and liked it. Freedom has been on my mind lately, probably because I’ve been reading about the American Revolution in A Patriot’s History of the United States by Michael Allen and Larry Schweikert. [Fantastic book, by the way. I highly recommend it.] Why is it that American society values so many other concepts [community service, multiculturalism, environmentalism, etc.] ahead of individual liberty? Individual liberty is not an out-dated idea–it’s fundamental to the survival of America.
Posted in Constitutional Rights, Future of the GOP | Tagged: Founding principles, Freedom, Individual liberty | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on November 28, 2008
“Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs claims the search engine giant has banned her groundbreaking articles about Obama-a technique many people refer to as ‘sandboxing.'”
Hmm…Google, getting a head start on the Fairness Doctrine? Look for more suppression of free speech as the Obama administration gets rolling–this guy can’t take criticism and the MSM (including Google, apparently) is going to continue to help him out.
Posted in Constitutional Rights, Obama | Tagged: Fairness doctrine, Freedom of speech, MSM, Obama | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on November 24, 2008
The Seattle P-I has confirmed that Seattle’s anti-gun activist mayor will go forward with his plan to ban all concealed weapons on city property. The Washington State attorney general has told Nickels that his rule would violate state law but Nickels doesn’t care. This rule will certainly be challenged by gun rights supporters. How much tax money will Nickels waste defending this rule that has already been deemed illegal? And will this damage his re-election hopes? Sadly enough, behind the deep blue iron curtain of Seattle, probably not. If you have an opinion on this subject, you can submit it to the City of Seattle at seattle.gov/firearmsrule.
The Puget Sound region experienced a particularly bloody weekend with eleven people shot. No surprise–most of the incidents are thought to be gang related. Will Nickels advocate gang-banger control? Probably not. Will he take advantage of the recent violence to advance his anti-Second Amendment agenda by placing more restriction on law-abiding citizens? You can bet on it.
Posted in Crime and Punishment, Guns, Washington State | Tagged: Crime, Gang Bangers, Guns | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Liberty on November 19, 2008
“A necessary step in the resolution to the Minnesota Senate race will take place this afternoon when the state Canvassing Board will certify the election results and declare Norm Coleman the winner. The action clears the way for Minnesota to begin the automatic recount tomorrow. The Canvassing Board will reject a demand from Al Franken’s campaign that they add in previously rejected ballots before certification, based on an opinion from the state’s AG…”
This is a critical race–the Democrat’s filibuster-proof Senate hangs in the balance. Thanks to thousands of ACORN voter registrations and a highly partisan Democrat Secretary of State, voter fraud is a distinct possibility. If Franken had any class, he would concede victory to Coleman but…well, isn’t it obvious? He hasn’t got any!
Posted in Constitutional Rights | Tagged: Al Franken, Voter fraud | Leave a Comment »