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TRUMP’S WALL

Donald Trump has made quite a splash with his proposal to build a two thousand mile wall between the United States and Mexico. He makes it sound easy enough. Heck, the Chinese built the Great Wall of China more than two thousand years ago. They didn’t even have bull dozers.

I got to thinking about Mr. Trump’s Wall, and quite frankly, I don’t like it.

It seems to me that walls are for prisons and dictators. I still get a warm fuzzy feeling when I hear a recording of Ronald Reagan’s famous speech in Berlin:

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall!”

There is perhaps no more explicit definition of freedom or personal liberty than the ability to go where you want to go. The history of the human race is largely a story of migration. God gave us eyes to see the horizon and legs to get us from here to there.

The story of our nation is a tale of travelers; of pilgrims and refugees, adventurers and escapees, the ostracized and the ambitious.

The Statue of Liberty says it best: Give me your tired and your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breath free…

The Berlin Wall didn’t keep Westerners out or Easterners in. It just made getting in or out harder and more dangerous. People are going to go where they want to go. Somehow.

We used to call illegal immigrants from Mexico ‘wetbacks,’ the idea being that they swam across the Rio Grande to get into the United States. I puzzled about that. A couple of years ago, Polly and I vacationed with friends at El Cabo del Sol. We showed our passports and we were welcomed to Mexico. Can’t a Mexican vacation in California as easily?
So I Googled it. Not a very productive way to spend a morning. The Immigration Laws of the United States are a horrible example of the cancer of bureaucracy. ICE, ESTA, VWP, BCC, B1, B2, H1B, USCIS, OCC, INA, CFR, ELIS, I-90, I-539, SAWP, TFW, not to mention EP, VEE, CEM, APHIS, EP, DACA and USDA; the initials and acronyms are enough to boggle the brain.

The fact is that the border between the United States and Mexico is the busiest national border in the world, with roughly 350 million people crossing each year. The San Ysidro Port of Entry between Tijuana and San Diego alone recorded 8.4 million pedestrians and 12.3 million vehicles crossing in 2011.

Like the border between Detroit and Windsor, there are many people who cross daily to go to work or school.

Getting a Visa or a Border Crossing Card that will allow someone from Mexico to enter the United States is not difficult. The U.S. has issued over 4 million electronic Border Crossing Cards and continues to issue about 100,000 a month. They authorize the holder to enter our country for a short visit up to 30 days, the length of which is specified by the immigration officer when they enter the country. If they overstay the intended visit, the card will be cancelled and getting another one will be a problem.

Border Crossing Cards are good for ten years of short 30-day visits, but they limit how far the visitor can go into our country: 25 miles in California and Texas, 55 miles in New Mexico and 75 miles in Arizona.

Lots of people in Mexico want to come to America. Can you blame them? Our constitution requires the Congress to adopt uniform immigration and naturalization laws. It also requires the President to see that the laws are faithfully executed. If the President and the Congress do what the Constitution requires of them, there should be no great problem at our borders.

Immigration from Mexico, both legal and illegal has slowed in the past five years. Perhaps it is because of the economy, both here and in Mexico. That brings me to another pillar in Mr. Trump’s platform. Someone should tell him that if Ford Motor builds a plant in Mexico and provides a number of good jobs for the people who live there, fewer Mexicans will want to come to the U.S.A. in search of gainful employment.

Being a business man, he ought to know that a free enterprise economy is not a zero sum game. A rising tide lifts all boats.

Continue reading TRUMP’S WALL

TRUMP’S WALL

Donald Trump has made quite a splash with his proposal to build a two thousand mile wall between the United States and Mexico. He makes it sound easy enough. Heck, the Chinese built the Great Wall of China more than two thousand years ago. They didn’t even have bull dozers.

I got to thinking about Mr. Trump’s Wall, and quite frankly, I don’t like it.

It seems to me that walls are for prisons and dictators. I still get a warm fuzzy feeling when I hear a recording of Ronald Reagan’s famous speech in Berlin:

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall!”

There is perhaps no more explicit definition of freedom or personal liberty than the ability to go where you want to go. The history of the human race is largely a story of migration. God gave us eyes to see the horizon and legs to get us from here to there.

The story of our nation is a tale of travelers; of pilgrims and refugees, adventurers and escapees, the ostracized and the ambitious.

The Statue of Liberty says it best: Give me your tired and your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breath free…

The Berlin Wall didn’t keep Westerners out or Easterners in. It just made getting in or out harder and more dangerous. People are going to go where they want to go. Somehow.

We used to call illegal immigrants from Mexico ‘wetbacks,’ the idea being that they swam across the Rio Grande to get into the United States. I puzzled about that. A couple of years ago, Polly and I vacationed with friends at El Cabo del Sol. We showed our passports and we were welcomed to Mexico. Can’t a Mexican vacation in California as easily?
So I Googled it. Not a very productive way to spend a morning. The Immigration Laws of the United States are a horrible example of the cancer of bureaucracy. ICE, ESTA, VWP, BCC, B1, B2, H1B, USCIS, OCC, INA, CFR, ELIS, I-90, I-539, SAWP, TFW, not to mention EP, VEE, CEM, APHIS, EP, DACA and USDA; the initials and acronyms are enough to boggle the brain.

The fact is that the border between the United States and Mexico is the busiest national border in the world, with roughly 350 million people crossing each year. The San Ysidro Port of Entry between Tijuana and San Diego alone recorded 8.4 million pedestrians and 12.3 million vehicles crossing in 2011.

Like the border between Detroit and Windsor, there are many people who cross daily to go to work or school.

Getting a Visa or a Border Crossing Card that will allow someone from Mexico to enter the United States is not difficult. The U.S. has issued over 4 million electronic Border Crossing Cards and continues to issue about 100,000 a month. They authorize the holder to enter our country for a short visit up to 30 days, the length of which is specified by the immigration officer when they enter the country. If they overstay the intended visit, the card will be cancelled and getting another one will be a problem.

Border Crossing Cards are good for ten years of short 30-day visits, but they limit how far the visitor can go into our country: 25 miles in California and Texas, 55 miles in New Mexico and 75 miles in Arizona.

Lots of people in Mexico want to come to America. Can you blame them? Our constitution requires the Congress to adopt uniform immigration and naturalization laws. It also requires the President to see that the laws are faithfully executed. If the President and the Congress do what the Constitution requires of them, there should be no great problem at our borders.

Immigration from Mexico, both legal and illegal has slowed in the past five years. Perhaps it is because of the economy, both here and in Mexico. That brings me to another pillar in Mr. Trump’s platform. Someone should tell him that if Ford Motor builds a plant in Mexico and provides a number of good jobs for the people who live there, fewer wet backs will want to come to the U.S.A. in search of gainful employment.

Being a business man, he ought to know that a free enterprise economy is not a zero sum game. A rising tide lifts all boats.

Continue reading TRUMP’S WALL

August 29, 2015 Pro Life Rally in Petoskey

Driving over here from Harbor Springs, Polly and I noticed just a little bit of fall color in some of the trees. Summer is almost over. Labor Day is coming. Soon enough, here in God’s country, we will be surrounded by the spectacular symphony of nature preparing to renew itself through the long sleep of Winter.

And we wondered how many people would be here at the Knights of Columbus Hall. How many folks would put aside their Saturday chores, their golf clubs, or fishing gear, or their gardening tools to gather in this place and listen to speeches?

It’s a fair question to ask: why are we here? Just what exactly are we doing?

I’ll tell you what we are doing.

We are making a statement. That is what we are doing. We are standing up for America. We are standing up for Michigan. We are standing up for Petoskey and Harbor Springs, and all the good people who pay the taxes and fight the wars and pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.

We came here to make a statement. We gathered here, because we believe that abortion is wrong. Because abortion stops a human heart. Because abortion is the deliberate killing of a human being. Because abortion is a death penalty carried out on an innocent human being. Without a trial. Without a jury. Without any due process of law.

We came here because Planned Parenthood of America is the symbol and the trademark of a poisonous public policy that is pushing our nation down the wrong road.

It’s a public policy approved by an arrogant, ego centric Supreme Court. It is a policy funded by a lobby-loving Congress; it is a suicidal public policy that has, in the last 42 years, witnessed, enabled, and has actually celebrated the annihilation of 60 million Americans.

The pro abortion Guttmacher Institute reports an actual count of 57 million, 762 thousand, 169 abortions and they brag about it.

Think about it. Sixty million Americans. That’s more than the combined population of California and New York. A little closer to home, my friends, for those of you who follow Big Ten sports, just think about this: sixty million people is more than the combined populations of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

We’re talking about sixty million human beings denied the basic human right to be born. Sixty million children who will never go to school or go to college, or learn a trade or get married or vote. Sixty million Americans who will never pay taxes or answer the call to defend our homeland from its enemies.

How could this have happened in America? How did we come to this insanity in the land of the free and the home of the brave?  How did a nation dedicated to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all of God’s children come to adopt a public policy of genocide?

Hitler killed six million Jews and took the gold from their teeth. Planned Parenthood and their ilk have exterminated ten times as many people and sold their livers and kidneys to the highest bidders.

We have come here today to tell the world that Margaret Sanger was wrong.

Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood. They still honor her as their hero. Margaret Sanger was a eugenicist. She wanted to improve the human race. She thought Americans were having too many babies. Not just too many babies. She thought Americans were having too many of the wrong kind of babies.
Believe me: Margaret Sanger didn’t think that black lives matter. She didn’t think that the poor people should have so many children. People who live in tenements. People who work two jobs to put food on the table. People who didn’t come from the right side of the tracks. The low class. The Underclass. The Uneducated.

Margaret Sanger had a vision of a nation that would be populated by people chosen for their blood line, just like horses and dogs. The good people. The best people. The Upper class.

Unfortunately, it’s pretty obvious that much of  Margaret Sanger’s vision has come to pass in America. We have witnessed the transition of our nation from a democratic republic to a bureaucratic oligarchy run, not by the people, but by a ruling political class who think they are the brightest and the best and who believe that they were born to tell the rest of us what kind of light bulbs to use and how much water to flush down the toilet.

And how many infants should be allowed to see the light of day.

My friends, we have come here today to tell the world that we reject the ideas of Margaret Sanger. We have come here today to protest the destructive activities of Planned Parenthood of America.

We have come here to join with thousands upon thousands of Americans all across this great land to send this message to the Congress of the United States:

STOP FUNDING ABORTIONS! STOP PAYING FOR GENOCIDE! STOP USING OUR TAX DOLLARS TO ELIMINATE BLACK PEOPLE OR POOR PEOPLE OR WORKING PEOPLE.

STOP SPENDING OUR MONEY TO KILL LITTLE BOYS AND GIRLS JUST BECAUSE THEIR MOTHERS DON’T LOVE THEM.

AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLEASE, PLEASE STOP SENDING OUR MONEY TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF AMERICA.

IF OUR REPRESENTATIVES IN THE CONGRESS HAVE ANY SHRED OF DECENCY, ANY MODICUM OF RESPECT FOR THE DIGNITY AND THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE, THEY MUST NOT; THEY CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO FINANCE THE HARVESTING OF BODY PARTS FROM THE UNBORN.

Margaret Sanger’s blueprint for racial cleansing written in the 1920’s was echoed by Adolph Hitler in the 1930’s. It has nothing to do with women’s health care; it has everything to do with the politics of elitism and racism and class warfare.

The American people fought a bloody civil war in the nineteenth century to establish the sacred truth that no person can own another human being. The infant entrusted by the laws of nature to the care and protection of a mother’s body is not hers to destroy or to cut up and market by the piece.

She has no right to do it; and she has no right to authorize Planned Parenthood do it. Chopping up little babies to sell their body parts is wrong. It is just plain wrong.

And that brings me to a final point. Supporters of Planned Parenthood love to snicker that everyone who opposes them is just trying to impose religious beliefs on them. They love to identify protesters such as you and I, as Catholics or evangelical Christians.

The fact is that the prohibition of abortion is older than Christianity. It comes from the Hippocratic Oath written in Greek five centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ to define the ethics of the medical profession.

What the Greeks discovered from logic and human experience is still wise public policy for us today. Even if we forget religion; even if we ignore the moral  question of right and wrong; does anyone dispute the fact that America would be bigger and better, and stronger, and more prosperous, more powerful and more secure if we had those 60 million Americans living among us in 2015?

I don’t know about you people. But I am waiting for one of those 20 or 30 candidates who want to be the President of he United States to stand up and say that abortion ranks with slavery as the greatest curse and shame of America, and that its abolition is not only morally right, it is economically sound public policy and common sense. 

The United States of America is our country. We are the people; the ordinary folks; the common every day men and women who make this country good and make our nation the greatest place on the face of the earth.

What we say here today, my friends, won’t be reported in the New York Times. We may not go viral on the Internet or catch the attention of the talking heads on television. But I can tell you this and you can take it to the bank:

We are the people; and in the United States of America, the the people really matter. We all matter. black, white, born and unborn. Old folks matter. Babies matter.

You and I didn’t come here today just to make a little local fuss. We are part of a growing chorus of national protest against the criminal abortion culture which is dehumanizing its victims and snuffing out whole generations of our posterity.

It is already autumn in America. The political landscape is changing. We are already engaged in the long and difficult battle for the hearts and minds of our fellow citizens. And we will not back off. We will not back down. We will not compromise with Margaret Sanger.

In a little while you and I will go home. But we will not forget why we came here. And we will not rest until the scourge of genocide has been torn from the pages of American history.

Continue reading August 29, 2015 Pro Life Rally in Petoskey

August 29, 2015 Pro Life Rally in Petoskey

Driving over here from Harbor Springs, Polly and I noticed just a little bit of fall color in some of the trees. Summer is almost over. Labor Day is coming. Soon enough, here in God’s country, we will be surrounded by the spectacular symphony of nature preparing to renew itself through the long sleep of Winter.

And we wondered how many people would be here at the Knights of Columbus Hall. How many folks would put aside their Saturday chores, their golf clubs, or fishing gear, or their gardening tools to gather in this place and listen to speeches?

It’s a fair question to ask: why are we here? Just what exactly are we doing?

I’ll tell you what we are doing.

We are making a statement. That is what we are doing. We are standing up for America. We are standing up for Michigan. We are standing up for Petoskey and Harbor Springs, and all the good people who pay the taxes and fight the wars and pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.

We came here to make a statement. We gathered here, because we believe that abortion is wrong. Because abortion stops a human heart. Because abortion is the deliberate killing of a human being. Because abortion is a death penalty carried out on an innocent human being. Without a trial. Without a jury. Without any due process of law.

We came here because Planned Parenthood of America is the symbol and the trademark of a poisonous public policy that is pushing our nation down the wrong road.

It’s a public policy approved by an arrogant, ego centric Supreme Court. It is a policy funded by a lobby-loving Congress; it is a suicidal public policy that has, in the last 42 years, witnessed, enabled, and has actually celebrated the annihilation of 60 million Americans.

The pro abortion Guttmacher Institute reports an actual count of 57 million, 762 thousand, 169 abortions and they brag about it.

Think about it. Sixty million Americans. That’s more than the combined population of California and New York. A little closer to home, my friends, for those of you who follow Big Ten sports, just think about this: sixty million people is more than the combined populations of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

We’re talking about sixty million human beings denied the basic human right to be born. Sixty million children who will never go to school or go to college, or learn a trade or get married or vote. Sixty million Americans who will never pay taxes or answer the call to defend our homeland from its enemies.

How could this have happened in America? How did we come to this insanity in the land of the free and the home of the brave?  How did a nation dedicated to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all of God’s children come to adopt a public policy of genocide?

Hitler killed six million Jews and took the gold from their teeth. Planned Parenthood and their ilk have exterminated ten times as many people and sold their livers and kidneys to the highest bidders.

We have come here today to tell the world that Margaret Sanger was wrong.

Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood. They still honor her as their hero. Margaret Sanger was a eugenicist. She wanted to improve the human race. She thought Americans were having too many babies. Not just too many babies. She thought Americans were having too many of the wrong kind of babies.
Believe me: Margaret Sanger didn’t think that black lives matter. She didn’t think that the poor people should have so many children. People who live in tenements. People who work two jobs to put food on the table. People who didn’t come from the right side of the tracks. The low class. The Underclass. The Uneducated.

Margaret Sanger had a vision of a nation that would be populated by people chosen for their blood line, just like horses and dogs. The good people. The best people. The Upper class.

Unfortunately, it’s pretty obvious that much of  Margaret Sanger’s vision has come to pass in America. We have witnessed the transition of our nation from a democratic republic to a bureaucratic oligarchy run, not by the people, but by a ruling political class who think they are the brightest and the best and who believe that they were born to tell the rest of us what kind of light bulbs to use and how much water to flush down the toilet.

And how many infants should be allowed to see the light of day.

My friends, we have come here today to tell the world that we reject the ideas of Margaret Sanger. We have come here today to protest the destructive activities of Planned Parenthood of America.

We have come here to join with thousands upon thousands of Americans all across this great land to send this message to the Congress of the United States:

STOP FUNDING ABORTIONS! STOP PAYING FOR GENOCIDE! STOP USING OUR TAX DOLLARS TO ELIMINATE BLACK PEOPLE OR POOR PEOPLE OR WORKING PEOPLE.

STOP SPENDING OUR MONEY TO KILL LITTLE BOYS AND GIRLS JUST BECAUSE THEIR MOTHERS DON’T LOVE THEM.

AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLEASE, PLEASE STOP SENDING OUR MONEY TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF AMERICA.

IF OUR REPRESENTATIVES IN THE CONGRESS HAVE ANY SHRED OF DECENCY, ANY MODICUM OF RESPECT FOR THE DIGNITY AND THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE, THEY MUST NOT; THEY CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO FINANCE THE HARVESTING OF BODY PARTS FROM THE UNBORN.

Margaret Sanger’s blueprint for racial cleansing written in the 1920’s was echoed by Adolph Hitler in the 1930’s. It has nothing to do with women’s health care; it has everything to do with the politics of elitism and racism and class warfare.

The American people fought a bloody civil war in the nineteenth century to establish the sacred truth that no person can own another human being. The infant entrusted by the laws of nature to the care and protection of a mother’s body is not hers to destroy or to cut up and market by the piece.

She has no right to do it; and she has no right to authorize Planned Parenthood do it. Chopping up little babies to sell their body parts is wrong. It is just plain wrong.

And that brings me to a final point. Supporters of Planned Parenthood love to snicker that everyone who opposes them is just trying to impose religious beliefs on them. They love to identify protesters such as you and I, as Catholics or evangelical Christians.

The fact is that the prohibition of abortion is older than Christianity. It comes from the Hippocratic Oath written in Greek five centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ to define the ethics of the medical profession.

What the Greeks discovered from logic and human experience is still wise public policy for us today. Even if we forget religion; even if we ignore the moral  question of right and wrong; does anyone dispute the fact that America would be bigger and better, and stronger, and more prosperous, more powerful and more secure if we had those 60 million Americans living among us in 2015?

I don’t know about you people. But I am waiting for one of those 20 or 30 candidates who want to be the President of he United States to stand up and say that abortion ranks with slavery as the greatest curse and shame of America, and that its abolition is not only morally right, it is economically sound public policy and common sense. 

The United States of America is our country. We are the people; the ordinary folks; the common every day men and women who make this country good and make our nation the greatest place on the face of the earth.

What we say here today, my friends, won’t be reported in the New York Times. We may not go viral on the Internet or catch the attention of the talking heads on television. But I can tell you this and you can take it to the bank:

We are the people; and in the United States of America, the the people really matter. We all matter. black, white, born and unborn. Old folks matter. Babies matter.

You and I didn’t come here today just to make a little local fuss. We are part of a growing chorus of national protest against the criminal abortion culture which is dehumanizing its victims and snuffing out whole generations of our posterity.

It is already autumn in America. The political landscape is changing. We are already engaged in the long and difficult battle for the hearts and minds of our fellow citizens. And we will not back off. We will not back down. We will not compromise with Margaret Sanger.

In a little while you and I will go home. But we will not forget why we came here. And we will not rest until the scourge of genocide has been torn from the pages of American history.

Continue reading August 29, 2015 Pro Life Rally in Petoskey

DEAR CANDIDATE

         Literally hundreds of people have registered with the Federal Election Commission as candidates for President in 2016. At this writing only 22 of them are being touted as serious contenders.

         Two days ago, I sent each of those 22 candidates a letter by certified mail, asking them to answer these twenty-three questions:

CANDIDATE SURVEY ON CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES

1.    Do you favor the calling of a convention to propose constitutional amendments as provided in Article V of the United States Constitution?  YES   NO

2.    Do you favor repeal of the 23rdAmendment and restoration of Maryland and Virginia citizenship to residents of the District of Columbia?  YES    NO

3.    Do you favor an amendment to require non partisan nomination of Supreme Court
Justices?  YES   NO                                                                

4.    Would you favor term limits for Supreme Court Justices? YES    NO

5.    Would you favor an amendment prohibiting the Supreme Court from rendering any
opinion expanding or diminishing the powers of the government or the rights of
the people?  YES  NO                                                                                          
6.    Would you favor establishing a constitutional ratio of constituents to members of the House of Representatives? YES     NO  

7.    Do you favor a constitutional requirement that House of Representative districts be drawn along contiguous county or municipal boundaries? YES     NO

8.    Would you favor an amendment prohibiting voting for more than one member of the House of representatives?  Y

ES     NO

9.    Would you favor an amendment requiring members of the House of Representatives to reside in their districts?  YES     NO

10. Do you favor an amendment limiting all Bills in the Congress to a single subject, clearly stated in the title?  YES  NO
11. Do you favor the repeal of the 17th Amendment and a requirement that voting in the Senate be by States? YES    NO
12.  Do you favor term limits for members of Congress?  YES   NO                                                                                          
13.  Do you favor the “Jefferson Amendment” prohibiting Congress from borrowing on the credit of the United States and requiring monetizing the national debt? YES     NO

14. Do you favor setting a constitutional limit on the power of the Congress to coin money?                                                                                                                                                                          YES     NO

15. Would you favor an amendment authorizing the Congress to levy a single, one time ad valorem tax on assets in case of an emergency? YES     NO

16. Do you favor an amendment that would credit all payments of State and local taxes against 50% of federal taxes?  YES     NO

17. Do you favor an amendment prohibiting the Congress from mandating any action by State or local governments? YES     NO

18. Would you favor an amendment prohibiting the Congress from appropriating any money to be paid to the States or to local units of government? YES     NO

19. Do you favor the transfer of all unsold federal lands, except those dedicated and maintained as parks or otherwise authorized in the Constitution, to the States in which they are located?
YES     NO

20. Do you favor an amendment prohibiting the deployment of the National Guard or State Militias outside the United States except in the conduct of a war formally declared by the Congress?
YES     NO

21. Would you favor an amendment forbidding the President from ordering the killing of any person except an enemy defined in a formal Congressional declaration of war? YES     NO

22. Do you favor an amendment that would authorize Congress to prohibit the desecration of the American flag during a war formally declared by the Congress?  YES     NO

23. Do you favor an amendment defining the word ‘person’ as used in the Constitution as an identifiable human being?  YES     NO

It will be interesting to see if any of the candidates who say they want to fix the mess in Washington are in favor of really doing something about it.
Or is their only solution to a dysfunctional government summarized in two words: “Elect me”?

Continue reading DEAR CANDIDATE

DEAR CANDIDATE

         Literally hundreds of people have registered with the Federal Election Commission as candidates for President in 2016. At this writing only 22 of them are being touted as serious contenders.

         Two days ago, I sent each of those 22 candidates a letter by certified mail, asking them to answer these twenty-three questions:

CANDIDATE SURVEY ON CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES

1.    Do you favor the calling of a convention to propose constitutional amendments as provided in Article V of the United States Constitution?  YES   NO

2.    Do you favor repeal of the 23rdAmendment and restoration of Maryland and Virginia citizenship to residents of the District of Columbia?  YES    NO

3.    Do you favor an amendment to require non partisan nomination of Supreme Court
Justices?  YES   NO                                                                

4.    Would you favor term limits for Supreme Court Justices? YES    NO

5.    Would you favor an amendment prohibiting the Supreme Court from rendering any
opinion expanding or diminishing the powers of the government or the rights of
the people?  YES  NO                                                                                          
6.    Would you favor establishing a constitutional ratio of constituents to members of the House of Representatives? YES     NO  

7.    Do you favor a constitutional requirement that House of Representative districts be drawn along contiguous county or municipal boundaries? YES     NO

8.    Would you favor an amendment prohibiting voting for more than one member of the House of representatives?  Y

ES     NO

9.    Would you favor an amendment requiring members of the House of Representatives to reside in their districts?  YES     NO

10. Do you favor an amendment limiting all Bills in the Congress to a single subject, clearly stated in the title?  YES  NO
11. Do you favor the repeal of the 17th Amendment and a requirement that voting in the Senate be by States? YES    NO
12.  Do you favor term limits for members of Congress?  YES   NO                                                                                          
13.  Do you favor the “Jefferson Amendment” prohibiting Congress from borrowing on the credit of the United States and requiring monetizing the national debt? YES     NO

14. Do you favor setting a constitutional limit on the power of the Congress to coin money?                                                                                                                                                                          YES     NO

15. Would you favor an amendment authorizing the Congress to levy a single, one time ad valorem tax on assets in case of an emergency? YES     NO

16. Do you favor an amendment that would credit all payments of State and local taxes against 50% of federal taxes?  YES     NO

17. Do you favor an amendment prohibiting the Congress from mandating any action by State or local governments? YES     NO

18. Would you favor an amendment prohibiting the Congress from appropriating any money to be paid to the States or to local units of government? YES     NO

19. Do you favor the transfer of all unsold federal lands, except those dedicated and maintained as parks or otherwise authorized in the Constitution, to the States in which they are located?
YES     NO

20. Do you favor an amendment prohibiting the deployment of the National Guard or State Militias outside the United States except in the conduct of a war formally declared by the Congress?
YES     NO

21. Would you favor an amendment forbidding the President from ordering the killing of any person except an enemy defined in a formal Congressional declaration of war? YES     NO

22. Do you favor an amendment that would authorize Congress to prohibit the desecration of the American flag during a war formally declared by the Congress?  YES     NO

23. Do you favor an amendment defining the word ‘person’ as used in the Constitution as an identifiable human being?  YES     NO

It will be interesting to see if any of the candidates who say they want to fix the mess in Washington are in favor of really doing something about it.
Or is their only solution to a dysfunctional government summarized in two words: “Elect me”?

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