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Breaking News: A Window of Opportunity in Iowa's Senate

A Democratic seat in Iowa's 18th Senate district has become vacant as of earlier today when the resignation was announced of Sen. Swati Dandekar.  Dandekar's appointment to the Iowa Utility Board by Governor Terry Branstad has resulted in a special election to fill the vacated Senate seat scheduled for November 8th. 

Democrats have held a narrow 26-24 majority in the Iowa Senate prior to this seat being vacated.  Keep a close eye on the Constitution Party of Iowa's web site for additional developments in the coming days.  Send a link to this article or pass this information along in an email along to your friends and family so they can keep up with any developmens as we are able to announce any party plans in regard to the upcoming election!

 

A Man's Character: Does it Matter?

Note: This article first appeared on July 16, 2008

 

Merriam- Webster.com defines character as:

the complex of mental and ethical traits marking and often individualizing a person, group, or nation ;

moral excellence and firmness;

conduct that conforms to an accepted standard of right and wrong

 

In today's society a person's behavior, no matter how odd, eccentric, or immoral, is generally accepted under the premise of "judge not lest you yourself be judged" or "each to their own". We have arrived at a point in time where the relevance and importance of moral excellence via our biblically guided ideals of right and wrong are considered politically incorrect and detrimental to one's career.

Read more: A Man's Character: Does it Matter?

 

American Jobs Act?


President Obama gave his American Jobs Act speech just a few short hours ago as his solution to our economic troubles. He did a good job of making it sound believable and achievable But as Baker's chocolate sounds good and vanilla smells good it's an entirely different matter when you try tasting it.

Read more: American Jobs Act?

 

Jon Tack Speaks at Heartland Freedom Conference

Jon Tack again made a fantastic impression on all in attendance, along with a number of other great speakers at the Heartland Freedom Conference.  He has made the text of his speech available on our web site, which outlines practical and principled solutions! 

Jon has been kind enough to provide us with the text of his speech.  Click here to read it in its entirety!

 

Gun grabs also require silencing of free speech

For quite some time, many have kept their eyes on the United Nations Small Arms Treaty.  A growing number of those who have researched the United Nations reports and recommendations which are being used to build out this treaty, which is described by one author here, are very concerned that it could be used to completely override your right to keep and bear arms.  

The elitist ruling class is equally as worried about you shooting off your mouth.

Read more: Gun grabs also require silencing of free speech

 

The Pillaging of the Power of the Purse

The emperor is not pleased.

If you are among the 70% of the American people who favor a balanced budget amendment, or think perhaps the size and scope of government should be reduced first and foremost rather than focusing on new and creative ways to tax the American people even more, President Obama thinks you need a lesson in fairness.  Like a spoiled child denied an extensive advance on his allowance, he has even turned on the "splintered" media, insisting that those who practically put him in office are in some way to blame. 

Read more: The Pillaging of the Power of the Purse

 

Tip-Toeing Down the Trail of Tyranny

My radar has been especially sensitive to government shenanigans since having the opportunity to interact with so many other freedom loving patriots at the NICHE conference last weekend. As a result, one story in the news caught a particularly large portion of my attention over the past few days.


There has been much coverage this week of United States action in Libya and the President's authority (or lack of it) to continue those operations past 90 days. The thing that struck me particularly hard wasn't the fact that the topic in general was being debated, but that neither of the two most publicized sides of the debate is getting it right.


Being the curious sort that I am, I read through the Constitution yet again, looking for the magic loophole or any vague language pointing to this mysterious window of time in which the President can unilaterally, or even worse at the behest of some foreign multinational organization as in this specific case, deploy our military forces against another nation. I found nothing. My curiosity then led me to seek out more information on the War Powers Resolution from 1973.


An odd thing happened on the way to my research of the 1973 war powers act. I found a document on the Department of Justice's web site which was a memorandum opinion for the deputy counsel to the President (you can read it for yourself at http://www.justice.gov/olc/warpowers925.htm). This document specifically called out the War Powers Resolution as well as the Joint Resolution passed by Congress on September 14th, 2001 as acknowledgement of this kind of authority resting with the office of the President. Some of the logic that follows that first paragraph throughout the rest of the document is staggering. The document even puts forward the "everyone else was waging undeclared war" argument, specifically calling out the practice as implemented by Great Britain in the eight major wars fought by them prior to the ratification of the Constitution. I highly doubt the words "it must be OK if Britain's doing it" frequently crossed the founding fathers' lips. I would encourage you to read it for yourself as well.


I then read through the much discussed War Powers Resolution. You can access a copy online at http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode50/usc_sup_01_50_10_33.html as well. It would appear that at the time of the passage of this resolution, Richard Nixon was strongly opposed to any restriction of Presidential authority to do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, and as long as he wanted with the military. Instead of standing up and refusing to budge on the clear wording of the Constitution, it would appear our representatives of that time were tripping over themselves (to the tune of 284 to 135 in the House and 75 to 18 in the Senate) to grant the President at least 60 days to do anything they want.


Being born after 1973, this brought me to realize I haven't been recently dropped into the simmering teapot of tyranny we find ourselves in today, but rather I was actually born into it.


But how far back could this kind of Congressional backpedaling on our freedoms go? Surely the general public couldn't have been asleep to what has been going on for a longer period of time than that... or could they?


As it turns out, this kind of thing wasn't new in 1973. That same year, Senate Report 93-549 was released. This report outlined a series of declarations of emergencies and dramatic expansion of the powers of the executive branch all the way back to 1917 and the World War I era. Following the Allied victory in World War I, Woodrow Wilson actually relinquished his wartime authority and asked Congress to repeal the emergency statutes. After that, in 1933 President Roosevelt declared a state of national emergency which has in fact never been repealed. As a result, there are hundreds, and by now possibly thousands, of provisions of Federal law which circumvented the normal Constitutional operation of government as it was intended by our founding fathers. You can read more at http://www.freedomsite.net/93-549.htm regarding that Senate report, and I would encourage you to do so.


So, now facing down around a century of our nation's freedoms eroding in the text on the screen in front of my very eyes, what will I do? I'll do exactly what I did last weekend at NICHE. I'll do everything I can to spread the word about the Constitution Party of Iowa, the national Constitution Party, and the principles of limited government that we stand for by taking that information to every public forum that I can find. Please reach out today to any of the contacts you find on www.cpiowa.org and get involved, as we need your help to awaken the rest of the American people, and restore the form of government that so many brave and proud Americans gave their very lives for. Join our effort to restoring our rightful constitutional freedoms today!
 

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