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We’ve been begging our leaders for specifics on what to do to make a difference. Glenn Beck’s events (Restoring Honor, Courage & Love) represent a huge step towards getting our heads & hearts straight about the morality of our cause.  Others have also made contributions, but Levin’s proposal, The Liberty Amendments, deserves specific recognition – it is the first path to restore our founding ideals, based on the Constitution itself, that we can all contribute to, that has a realistic chance– if we pledge “our lives, our Fortunes, & our sacred Honor” to the success of the Liberty Amendments.

Our kids and our country deserve no less.

It will be a difficult climb but I believe the country is ready for a tangible solution to the threats our country faces. Make no mistake; we’re in a race against time and a ruthless progressive cancer. With a $17 trillion national debt, and $60 trillion more in unfunded liabilities, cities like Detroit going bankrupt and states like California threatening, we must right the American ship as soon as possible. Once a financial crisis occurs, it may be impossible to counter calls for a more powerful central government – especially if people go hungry or start blaming the usual suspects (capitalism, tea partiers, etc.)

One last comment before I summarize my ideas for the first five amendments. I believe it’s important for the leaders of our movement – we all have a different list, but mine would include, in addition to Levin, among others, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Yaron Brook, Sen. Rand Paul (and his father Ron), Sen. Ted Cruz (& his father Rafael), Sen. Mike Lee, Mia Love , Rev C. L. Bryant, Walt Williams and 2008 GOP VP nominee Gov. Sarah Palin.

Everybody has different ways of contributing to the cause of freedom. I hope that all of them discuss Levin’s book, advance the idea and help pass the Liberty Amendments. Sometimes silos are created where no one wants to promote what their “competition” is doing – that must not happen.  I would encourage all of them to be generous with their comments and their air & face time.  However, so far, I haven’t heard one word of the idea, or Levin’s upcoming book, from these folks – perhaps they’re waiting for the book?

As you can see from this post, I think it’s a mistake to wait. In fact, Levin’s idea motivated me to start blogging again for the first time in years.  It will be my 100th post, with over 26,580 visitors, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate #100.  Not only is it fun to see if my ideas for reform match up with Levin’s, but until his book comes out on August 13, I hope and pray my ideas will encourage others to come up with their own – can there be too much engagement in the cause of freedom? Of course, Levin’s specific amendments will be very important, but just his idea has lit the torch – by urging us to look within the Constitution itself for how to repair our Constitutional Republic.

Everyone has ideas – my first five are listed below and I’ll follow-up with more details on each one – but the main thing is to jump in and start, time’s not on our side.

The Liberty Amendments – My First Five

1. Voter Campaign Finance (VCF)

  • Limit campaign contributions to those who are registered voters that can vote for the candidate. For example, I live in VA 5th Congressional District – Robert Hurt’s my congressman. If he ran for House, under this Amendment, he could only receive campaign contributions from registered 5th district voters (easily checked against existing voter rolls) – no unions, corporations, out-of-district fat cats, PACs, etc. If you don’t have a legal right to vote in 5th district, you can’t influence the 5th District election.

2. Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA)

  • Cut Cap & Balance (HR 2560) was a great idea that died in the corrupt halls of Harry Reid’s U.S Senate – but just barely (51Ds-46Rs) – a real life example of the wisdom of Levin’s idea – Congress will not reform itself, we must go around Congress. My twist on Cut Cap & Balance is this: Limit federal revenues to 18% GDP, spending to 17% GDP limit and the remaining 1% for debt relief and, after that, an “Emergency Fund”.
  • In case of war, Congress can authorize spending to exceed 18% only if two-thirds of Congress approves. The 1% of GDP (of the 18% collected for revenues) would go to pay down the national debt (about $16 Billion/yr at current GDP) and, once debt free (woohoo!!), use the 1% for an Emergency Fund – to pay for declared wars and disasters but only if two-thirds approve “withdrawals” – restoring Congress’ power to limit wars with their Constitutional funding power.

3. Term Limits

  • This has been around for a while but my version would limit service in Congress to just 12 years total. This could be three House terms (3×2=6) followed by a Senate term (1×6) or two Senate terms (2×6=12) or other combinations. The main idea is to not allow folks to make a career out of DC politics while allowing them enough time to be effective.

4. Law Limits

  • Obamacare was over 2700 pages long. The recent immigration bill was 1200 pages. Neither of these very devastating bills, that affect all of U.S., has been read by their supporters or detractors – that’s not a democracy, that’s a marketing campaign. Just vote on one or two issues at a time. I don’t know a specific # – others can work that out – but perhaps < 10 pages.

5. Pardon Accountability

  • Require Presidents to prioritize pardons (100 or less) and announce their last pardons at least 90 days before general election. Although an outgoing POTUS can’t be held accountable, voters can hold parties accountable. I predict the outrages from Obama’s pardons – both the # and who – will force this Amendment to top of list.

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Author Andrew M. Allison, in Part I of The Real Thomas Jefferson, says some  contemporaneous critics of The Declaration of Independence claimed it’s ideas were borrowed from other writers.  Thomas Jefferson readily admits this and explained that:

"The object of the Declaration of Independence was not to find out new principles or new arguments never before thought of, not Writing the Declaration of Independence  1776 by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris.  Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we [were] compelled to take.

Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular or previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion."

Likewise, I do not see it as my charge, nor within my ability, to put forward ideas not already described somewhere else in human history, but to attempt to describe the "common sense of the subject" and to provide "an expression of the American mind" regarding the challenges facing 21st century America.

Please let know your thoughts on my thoughts. I hope to spawn debate, not end it, to engage my readers and to help advance our founder’s ideals.

Congress Voting Independence - Robert Edge Pine

Congress Voting Independence – Robert Edge Pine

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Glenn-Beck SEIU features, on it’s home page, a campaign to send letters to Glenn Beck advertisers.  I love finding campaigns like this – because it gives me a chance to directly lobby the same people, politicians and companies the left is targeting, but with my principled conservative message included in the "comments" section that accompanies each letter to give it a "personal touch".

Here’s the campaign and letter:

“Add your name asking Glenn Beck’s advertisers to stop sponsoring hate.

Sign your name and leave a comment for Glenn Beck’s remaining advertisers letting them know that as long as they support his show, they are inextricably linked to the threatening calls, racist taunts and dangerous behavior being displayed by "Tea Party" Republicans across the country.

We’ll be sure to deliver the following letter to Beck’s sponsors

To President/CEO & Board:

I want to alert you to the fact that Glenn Beck – whose show you sponsor on FOX – is using his platform to make outlandish accusations about the President and Democrats and to advance baseless theories that prey on race-based fears.

His kind of rhetoric can instigate unbalanced individuals into committing rash and violent acts. 

I presume your company does not want to enable such rhetoric, nor have your products or services associated with the kind of views and tactics espoused by Beck. I urge you to immediately cease all advertising on the Glenn Beck Program on the FOX News Channel.”

Like many other “personal lobbying” tools, it provides a form to add your name (I use one of our founders), email (I use one they can’t trace) and additional content in a comments box – here’s what I wrote in mine: 

This is the ‘Astroturf’ Speaker Pelosi warned about – from the left! Please ignore these pleas from the Progressive fascists from SEIU. 

"First of all, the charges are baseless. There’s nothing ‘race-based’ about fearing, for the first time in history, America’s loss of a AAA credit rating because the President and Congressional Democrats are bankrupting U.S. and leaving our children a debt they cannot repay simply to help their union buddies ride out Obama’s economic storm. 

Second, only 14% of US is a member of unions like SEIU. Even if their membership agreed with their leadership’s Progressive agenda (most don’t), a 14% membership means that for every union member who stops watching Glenn Beck, 7 non-union members will watch Glenn Beck, and buy your products, because of his pro-freedom, Common Sense, anti-Progressive message. 

Please keep supporting Glenn Beck and 86% of Americans will support your company."

If handled properly, campaign’s like this one, with the stated intention of shutting down Glenn Beck’s free speech, can have the opposite effect.  Some companies may get SEIU letters and cave to union pressure.  Some may take a fresh look at how unpopular unions are and shift more dollars to popular shows like Glenn Beck because it makes financial sense.  But I hope many CEOs and VPs of Marketing are like many other Americans – they’re patriotic, they value free speech, they resent SEIU’s manipulative tactics and campaigns like this will only strengthen their resolve to support others who value freedom.

 

SEIU - Warning SEIU Attending This Meeting

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