Category: Constitution

UPDATED: RELEASED #FreeOurMarineInMexico Andrew #Tahmooressi

By @orangeone4

UPDATED 11/1/14

Andrew Tahmooressi has been released and is safely back in the United States of America!  Huge salute to all that tweeted, FAV’d and RT’d tweets to #FreeOurMarineinMexico!  God Bless you Andrew, God bless your family and God bless everyone who prayed for your release.  Special blessings for @iResistAll who tirelessly rallied for your release.

Please continue your prayers for Andrew’s recovery. #PTSD affects many of our military men and women but with God’s blessings and our compassion, he will find healing.  Follow Andrew’s mother on Twitter @ATahmooressi. Tweet your well-wishes and welcome home to our #Patriot and #Hero.

PRAYER VIGIL OCTOBER 12TH 7pm

Possible Prayers:

From @BeaconHill09

(Amen)

From @ABiCduckie

God Bless Andrew, give him faith and hope. Wrap him in your ever loving grace and let him know people are praying and hoping for the day he comes home. Give strength, wisdom and faith to those who are trying so hard to gain his release, Comfort and peace to his family. Give our leaders wisdom and compassion to work harder so Andrew can come home. Thank you Lord. Amen

URGENT!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you @iResistAll for creating a #Twibbon for Free Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi!  You sir are a Godsend.  Folks, please add Andrew’s #Twibbon to your Twitter and FaceBook accounts by going here.  Share the word far and wide, we MUST continue to fight for Andrew’s freedom.

UPDATES!

More support for the release of Andrew Tahmooressi!

Thank you Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-04)

Thank you Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15)!

Thank you Rep. Robert Pittenger (NC-9 ) for asking to be added as co-sponsor of #HRes620!

Thank you @FreeTheMarine for tweeting the link to the House Foreign hearing!

Thank you Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-9)

Thank you Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-5)

Original Story:

My #TweepThrob @iResistAll tirelessly fights to free Andrew!  PLEASE go to his List Of Twitter Accounts Of GOP Reps Not Supporting Hres620 To Free Sgt. Tahmooressi and TWEET them!

Background (from the Official Site for Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi)

Sgt. Tahmooressi is currently being held in a Mexican Prison since March 31st 2014. Andrew was in San Diego receiving treatment for a recently diagnosed PTSD condition when he made a wrong turn and ended up at the Mexican border. He informed the border patrol agents he did not want to enter Mexico and that he had all his belongings with him including three personal firearms that are legally registered to him. Andrew placed a 911 call to seek help, but they informed him that if he already crossed into Mexico, they could not help him, and he was subsequently arrested on weapons charges and held in Tijuana’s La Mesa Penitentiary. There, he was threatened by inmates, stripped and beaten repeatedly by guards, denied water, and chained to his cot for more than 30 days. He has since been moved to El Hongo prison in Tecarte.

Additional background information can be found in this great Politichicks.com blog.

Free #Tahmooressi Tweetfest

Monday’s on Twitter are all abuzz with a massive tweetfest to pressure the Administration to seek the release of our Marine, Andrew Tahmooressi.  Below are a sample of tweets from recent and ongoing efforts.

This tweet is absolutely spot-on!

Follow His Family and Supporters

If you are on Twitter, PLEASE #Follow @USMC_Family. Also follow their great advice and RT tweets in their Timeline. It is time that we pressure Congress to secure the release of an American.  If you are on FaceBook, please include this link to the Official Site for Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi http://www.freetahmooressi.com/

Support HRes. 620 and HRes. 612

House Resolutions #620 and #612 were introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) on June 11, 2014. There are currently 81 co-sponsors of this BI-PARTISAN legislation.

HRes. 620 summary is as follows:

Expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that: (1) the government of Mexico should release U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi and provide for his return to the United States so he can receive appropriate medical assistance, and (2) the President should utilize the full powers and authorities of his office to secure Sgt. Tahmooressi’s release.

The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives on June 11, 2014 and referred to the House Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Foreign Affairs, who subsequently referred to the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on September 8, 2014.  The bill is scheduled for _____________

HRes. 612 summary is as follows:

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of Mexico should forthwith repatriate Sgt. Andrew Paul Tahmooressi from Mexican prison(s) and expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the President of the United States should take actions to impose sanctions on Mexico until such time as Sgt. Tahmooressi is released.

Sean Hannity mentions in his tweet below, the House Foreign Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday October 1.  Can you believe this is during recess?  His question is paramount, will they return to uphold their responsibility to protect America and seek the release of Andrew Tahmooressi?

I believe it is important to list EACH of the 81 co-sponsors of both HRes. 620 and HRes. 621 and have done so here.  Please be sure to thank each of them! If your Representative IS NOT on this list, call their D.C. and local offices and REQUEST they co-sponsor this vital set of legislation!.

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ-5) Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL-2) Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ-8)
Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA-8) Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC-3) Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX-24) Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA-42) Rep. John Barrow (D-GA-12)
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL-5) Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-4) Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH-1)
Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH-6) Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL-6) Rep. Theodore Deutch (D-FL-21)
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA-50) Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY-11) Rep. Pete Gallego (D-TX-23)
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX-26) Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ-4) Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL-3)
Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-MS-1) Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID-1) Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL-26)
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL-6) Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-2)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27) Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-2) Rep. Joseph Kennedy, III (D-MA-4)
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS-4) Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS-3) Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA-51)
Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL-2) Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC-11) Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA-7)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX-1) Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC-8) Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-CA-35)
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL-1)
Rep. Stephen Lee Fincher (R-TN-8) Rep. David Jolly (R-FL-13)
Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL-13)
Rep. Joseph Heck (R-NV-3) Rep. Curt Clawson (R-FL-19)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12) Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL-18)
Rep. Lee Terry (RE-NE-2) Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA-9)
Rep. Charles Bostany, Jr. (R-LA-3) Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC-3)
Rep. Paul C. Broun (R-GA-10) Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA-5)
Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA-8) Rep. Edward Royce (R-CA-39)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS-1) Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-1)
Rep. Randy Weber, Sr. (R-TX-14) Rep. Eric Crawford (R-AR-1)
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL-4) Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27)
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA-48) Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC-4)
Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA-10) Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT-1)
Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX-22) Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE-3) Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI-7)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK-4) Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX-36)
Rep. John Duncan, Jr. (R-TN-2) Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA-5)
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ-2) Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA-4)
Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ-7) Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN-6)
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX-8) Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL-10)
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Minnesota Shatters Conceal Permit Record

By @Orangeone4

I just love the Second Amendment!

Even in the blue state of Minnesota, handgun carry permits nearly doubled in just 1 year!

HANDGUN CARRY PERMITS ISSUED BY YEAR

2013: 60,471 or 91% increase over 2012
2012: 31,657  or 52% increase over 2011
2011: 20,772 or 20% increase over 2010
2010: 17,240 or 23% decrease from 2009
2009:  22,378

Handgun carry permits in Minnesota are good for five years so each year reported are NEW permits!

But what does the Minnesota FOX affiliate report?  Crimes committed by handgun permit holders.  MyFox9 issues bias tweet:

If you dig into the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (“BCA”) report, you find ZERO of the domestic assault cases involved a handgun and MyFOX9 omits that from their tweet!  There goes the gun control theory. The BCA does report 540 permit denials, including 1 to an illegal alien.  Wonder if the illegal alien was arrested and deported, hah! Clearly the background check is working.  Here’s the other crimes:

Arson: 3 (handgun involved in 3 cases)
Assault: 29 (handgun involved in at  least 9 cases)
Domestic assault: 42 (none involving  handgun)
Kidnapping/abduction: 1 (unknown if handgun used)
Robbery: 2  (handgun used in at least 1 case)
Sex crimes: 2 (unknown if handgun used)

According to a CBS report, the BCA reports approximately 165,000 handgun carry permits currently issued.  If you divide the 79 crimes by 165,000, you can’t get close to even 1%.  In fact, it is only 0.047%. The percentage is even lower when you look at crimes committed with the use of a handgun, 0.0078%.

So where is the truth MyFOX9?  I tweeted you this but received no response:

In April 2013, the liberal Pioneer Press reported the Mexican drug cartel is expanding in the Midwest with cases in Minnesota.

‘”There are very few cases that we are conducting that do not have a link directly to a Mexican drug trafficking organization,” Dan Moren, the assistant special agent in charge of the DEA’s Minneapolis-St. Paul District Office, said Monday.’

In February 2013, the liberal Star Tribune reported about this murder, omitting of course that the defendants are illegal aliens:

“On Friday, in the opening day of a second-degree murder trial for Santana Martina Valdez, jurors were told how Andrew W. Braun, 38, bled to death last March after being attacked with a screwdriver, a samurai sword and a bayonet knife.

Valdez’s co-defendant, Carlos Yobani Flores Amador, is serving 25 years for the killing, and a third defendant, Maria H. Luna, pleaded guilty to being an accomplice. They were living under a bridge when arrested.”

Hold on to your seat, even the uber-liberal Huffington Post re-reported coverage by the Associated Press on the infiltration of America by the Mexican drug cartels in April 2013.

Surely the record breaking 100% increase in handgun carry permit holders between 2012 and 2013 has nothing to do with the increase in Mexican drug cartel, the increase in illegal aliens in MN that the GOP, especially Rand Paul and John Boehner are recruiting with their open borders and massive amnesty discussions, or the re-election of the most unpopular president in the 20th or 21st centuries.

But of course I wouldn’t expect an Obama mouthpiece like MyFOX9 to actually answer a question related to crime prevention.  They would rather mislead and outright deceive the public into believing handgun carry permit holders are violent criminals.

Hey, MyFOX9, I have a question for you.  How many of your employees were charged with the crimes listed above that ARE NOT handgun carry permit holders?  How many Minnesota citizens were charged with the same crimes that ARE NOT handgun carry permit holders?  Let’s compare shall we?

Foundations of Our Constitution and How We Have Failed Them

Talk about a difficult topic to tackle in a blog. But anyone who knows me, knows I love a challenge. So, much like when I’m faced with a crisis, I’ll focus on the most important. Like those ideals that our founders considered most important, they were the thesis statement to our social contract – the introduction – the why the social contract was created. The preamble to our Constitution and heart of our Declaration of Independence.

So, let’s start with those:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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.

But where did these lofty ideals come from? Sure, the idea of the social contract had been around for hundreds of years before our 13 colonies decided they were done being ruled by the British. But this was something different – something the world had never really seen – a government of, for and by the people, with a legislative power meant to surpass that of the head of state.

Our founders were no doubt influenced by scores of political philosophers, many of whom influenced each other. Below are a few of my favorites, and how I believe they relate to our founding principles. Thomas Jefferson, for instance, would probably add Francis Bacon and Adam Smith to his list. The point is, it is important to understand the philosophy behind the theses, to fully understand their context and meaning. These are a sampling of my favorites. Explore the comprehensive list on your own.

Thomas Hobbes: Natural Law (5 April 1588 – 4 December 1679)
Endowed by their Creator with unalienable Rights: Hobbes explained that God granted man free will, liberty, and freedom, and many philosophers followed his thinking – agreeing that no man, king nor state has the right to infringe upon that which God has given.

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness: The state is, like a monarch, a living, growing creature. By it’s nature, enforcing upon it’s citizens excises, taxes, rules, and assaults on their freedom; making them subjects (or serfs) of the state; and requiring a social contract.

John Locke: (29 August 1632 – 28 October 1704)
A more perfect union: Locke was not in favor of judicial review. He felt judges were elites, easily corrupted, and not representative of the people. He credits philosophers from Plato, Bacon, and Hobbes for his thoughts.

Charles Montesquieu: (18 January 1689 – 10 February 1755)
We the People: Montesquieu defined the idea of the separation of powers and warned of the concentration of power in the hands of an executive. He agreed with Locke that legislative bodies were more representative of the people.

From Hobbes to Jefferson, they all believed that the role with government was to protect the citizenry’s liberty and life. Period. They believed it was a breach of our social contract for government to take the ‘fruits of a man’s labor or the work of his hands’ – in the words of Locke, 2nd Treatise on Government – and use it for any reason, other than to protect the liberty of those people. That is our social contract.

Where we went wrong (just a historical sampling):

The 16th Amendment: Took the fruits of the peoples’ labor

The Great Society: Took the fruits of the peoples’ labor; Infringed upon a citizen’s pursuit of happiness

Executive Legislation via Executive Order:
Montesquieu warned of the over zealous, power grabbing executive. Over the last 200 years, the Executive Order has morphed from the intended, an administrative statement on how legislation will be executed, to a president’s pat around congress. This chart shows the number of orders but this chart lists them and links to them, adding much greater context.

The latest affronts to our freedom, safety, security and, most importantly, our liberty, splash across the headlines daily: NSA spying, porous borders, Common Core, and mandated healthcare. Add to that a government that refuses to live by the same laws it imposes upon its citizens, and the land of the free has degraded to something just short of serfdom.

Please read more about the origins of our constitutional philosophy.
Montesquieu
Hobbes
Hume
Locke
Smith