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Obama Signs The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

Posted by Billy On January - 3 - 2012

For those of you that have been on vacation or just busy with your family, friends or your career, you may not have heard that Obama took the time out of his busy schedule on New Year’s Eve to sign the National Defense Authorization Act, also know as NDAA. What does that mean? It sounds good and that it would be something that us Americans would want for the security of the nation.

The problem with that is the fact that it has violated the U.S. Constitution, especially the fourth amendment. While the bill originated in the House of Representatives with good intentions of protecting the American people (I rather say person), the bill has had things added to it and altered to where now the freedom and liberties of the American person in question.

This new law now authorizes the military to indefinitely detain any person being suspected as a terrorist. the law allows the President to use “all necessary and appropriate force” to detain any person, including US citizens, who “was part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces, under the law of war until the end of hostilities”

Obama stated a few weeks ago that he would veto the bill if it was brought to him because of certain provisions in the bill. After the bill was “altered” as to not remove any powers from the President, he didn’t seem to have a problem with it. In a written statement,Obama wrote: “The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it. I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists… My Administration will aggressively seek to mitigate those concerns through the design of implementation procedures and other authorities available to me as Chief Executive and Commander in Chief, will oppose any attempt to extend or expand them in the future, and will seek the repeal of any provisions that undermine the policies and values that have guided my Administration throughout my time in office.”

In my opinion, why would he sign a bill into law if there were provisions he and his administration want to change or remove? While I do understand that the military funding was due to expire on January 2nd, but that didn’t mean that Congress needed to right this entire bill. It wasn’t like they didn’t know there was new military funding bill that needed to be voted on by the end of 2011.

Now many have thought that the Patriot Act went too far into infringing on our freedoms and liberties, but this takes it to a whole new level. Even many of Obama’s supporter are not happy with his decision to sign this bill. The ACLU are one of them. “President Obama’s action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law,” said Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director. “The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield.”

Even those in the security division of our government feel that this is a clear violation of the Constitution The Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the FBI and the head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division have all said that the indefinite detention provisions in the NDAA are harmful and counterproductive.

William S. Sessions, a man who has served as FBI director under three Presidents, Reagan, Bush and Clinton, wrote in a letter to members of the conference committee working on the NDAA that the detention provisions “could pose a genuine threat to our national security and would represent a sweeping and unnecessary departure from our constitutional tradition.”

The Senate voted 38-60 on November 29th to reject an amendment to the NDAA that would have removed provisions authorizing detention without charge. The amendment offered by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), would have replaced those provisions with a requirement for an orderly congressional review of detention power. (Jurist, Jan. 1; WP, ACLU, Atlantic Wire, Dec. 31; NLG, Dec. 27; Constitution Project, Dec. 9; ACLU, Dec. 5; ACLU, Nov. 29)

For those of you who may not be aware of it, but none of this information is being spoken about on the main stream media outlets. They’ve made it a point to steer clear of the topic. So please share this with everyone you know.

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Alabama’s New Immigration Law

Posted by Billy On October - 8 - 2011

Recently the state of Alabama has passed a new law where the school system will be checking the immigration status of any new student who enrolls in their schools. Hispanic families are removing their children in fear of being caught by officials.

Hundreds of student throughout the state have either been not going to school or have told their teachers that they will be moving to avoid arrest and/or deportation. In response the teachers are instructing students not to leave and not to worry about the police. While I understand the feeling of the teachers trying to help the children, but these students shouldn’t be in the school system. This law is being put into affect because of the illegal immigration problem that is out of control. A law that should not have ever been put into affect if the federal government was doing the job they needed to years ago.

While this is an sad issue for illegal immigrants because of them having to up-root themselves from the life they made here, but quite honestly, they have no illegal right to be here in the first place.

In the meantime, president Obama‘s Administration has decided to file an appeal against the ruling. Again, Obama has decided to not uphold the U.S. Constitution. This type of move by his administration clearly shows his lack of concern for the American people that he has sworn to protect and serve. This is clearly a political move to get the votes he needs to win the election next year.
The illegal immigration issue is now becoming the biggest issue for the American people. Many states are trying to write laws to protect the citizens from the affects of illegal immigrant coming across the border in droves. They are several county sheriffs in Arizona who have filed suits against the Obama Administration in regards to the Fast and Furious campaign that went awry when officer Terry was killed by the same weapons that the Alcohol, Tabacco and Firearms (ATF) lost track of going over the Mexico border.

The iimigration laws here need to be reformed. I don’t mean to allow these people amnesty or a fast-track way to citizenship. I mean we need to secure and close our borders, both the north and south. Not because of the Hispanic population coming across, but because of the possibility of terrorist coming through as well. We have a current employment problem in America. Nearly 16% of the working population is unemployed and we have over 100,000 legal immigrants coming into America each month. We need to slow down the rate until we can get some real leaders in Washington to get this country back on track.

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America: A Republic Not A Democracy

Posted by Billy On July - 1 - 2011

Ask Americans what kind of government we have here and many will get the answer wrong. America is being misguided with what our founding fathers created here in America. When Benjamin Franklin exited the Constitutional Convention, A woman asked him, “Sir, what have you given us?”. Franklin’s reply was…”A republic Ma’am, if you can keep it.”

Our great country was built on the idea of a representative republic as the basis of our government, not a democracy. A republic is a form of government that in essence is ruled by laws, not by a person or people. There are five forms of government. Monarchy, Oligarchy, Democracy, Republic and Anarchy. Of course the last one is actually the absence of government, lawlessness, The first being Monarchy is a country ruled by one, like a king or some form of ruler. As you read through the list, you will see less government involvement. An Oligarchy is ruled by a group, sort of what the supposed Bilderberg Group is to be. Democracy is a country ruled by many, majority rules. The Republic form of government is ruled by laws. The Greeks once said, “without laws, there is no freedom”.

So how come so many Americans get it wrong when asked? I can’t answer that question. All I can say is that we’ve been lied to by the political leaders of this country.

A democracy has never lasted for long periods of time, as we’ve seen throughout history. Eventually the majority rule mentality collapses the system. Democracy is not a stable form of government, instead it’s a gradual transition from a republic (limited government) to a unlimited rule of an oligarchy, a tyranny of the elite.

As American, we are responsible for our own freedom and to hold on to our freedoms we must pull in the reins of the current out of control powers of the federal government. The essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government. The Constitution was written to protect the people from the federal government over stepping their boundaries. The Constitution doesn’t give the federal government it’s power, it limits it.

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The Right To Carry

Posted by Billy On June - 29 - 2011

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.
II Amendment

Our founding fathers put this in the original amendments of the Constitution for a reason. They knew for a new country to protect themselves from enemies domestic and foreign, the citizens needed to be able to defend themselves.

In the last few years there has been an ever growing desire for the American people to apply for a Concealed Carry Permit (CCP) or Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP). The reasons vary from person to person. Whatever the reason, as American citizens we have the right to be allowed to do so if we want. There are many that feel firearms promote criminal activities, but that is their opinion and they have the right to voice it. That doesn’t give them the right to tell others what they should be allowed to do. My overall Libertarian view to everything is…”Do what you want as long as it causes no harm to anyone or anything”. That also includes telling people how to live their lives.

The concept behind having the right to carry a firearm is for self-defense, to protect one self from any serious harm to come to them or their family. Over the last few years there have been more people getting their CCP/CWP and during those years there has not been an increase in criminal activities in those areas. Why is that? Because criminals don’t defend, they attack innocent people who won’t be able to defend themselves against criminals.

Of course the media and the government will have you believe otherwise. In Chicago, a city where owning a firearm, being a pistol or rifle, is illegal. If that’s the case then why is it that the crime rate hasn’t dropped one percentage point since the law’s inception? Because if you outlaw guns, only the outlaws will have guns. Yes I know it’s an old cliche, but it’s dead-on right. Take a good look at the cities that have firearm bans and you will see that they are also the areas with the highest crime rate. Criminals will increase their activities if they know that the people can’t defend themselves. In Kennesaw Georgia, a law was passed in 1982 that required home owners to own at least one firearm with ammunition for home protection. Many thought it was going to become the wild west, but on the contrary the crime rate went down by 89% and has stayed at that level for years after and to this day.

We have the right to protect our self from becoming a victim. Firearms are bought for protection and security, just like we do with car insurance, owning a fire extinguisher, wearing our seat belts and using a helmet when riding a motorcycle.

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