Seriously, if you do not respond NOW, this will NEVER go away. In fact, it will grow far, FAR worse, until you’re nothing more than a state-sanctioned concubine of whatever sick, smelly asshole who managed to win a Sharia “license” to fuck and impregnate you until you’ve blow both lungs screaming, only to find six years later, he’s strapping a bomb on your daughter’s back, and if you’re not dead already, you soon will be if you don’t stop “crying and wailing like a weak bitch” and get in line with your master’s efforts.
THIS IS ISLAM.
If you don’t get it, you’re a blithering idiot fully deserving your knife at your neck demise.
If you do get it and try to finagle your way through their crap, even if you do whole-heartedly come to believe their way, you’re still their “bitch,” utterly and totally subject to their decrepit if not heinously murderous code.
If you’re sick and tired of their bullshit, GET OUT. Please LEAVE their country NOW, at ALL COSTS, and get back home to the United States of America.
Seriously, my fellow Americans. I have tried on many occasions over the last 20+ years but when it comes down to what they believe and what they will do, THEY ARE INCREDIBLY SICK, FUCKING BLIGHTS AGAINST HUMANITY.
Yes, at this point in time, this is the BEST they have to offer.
Here’s my solution:
Relocate the lot of them on a very large series of islands.
If they don’t “get it” in three years, NUKE THE SHIT out of their insanity, and wipe all other traces of them totally off the map.
The problem with Demoncraps is that they base their advocacy on idealism rather than realism.
Because pure realism never attempts to achieve an idealistic perfection, it instead approaches the optimal solution, one limited by the reality of human nature and limited economic resources.
Pure idealism, on the other hand, assumes unrealistic expectations about human nature while always believing “if we only spend more we can achieve X.” As idealism ignores reality, it misses the mark. It is sub-optimal. Where idealism greatly ignores reality, the consequences can be disastrous. Recent examples include spending our nation into massive, untenable debt on the idealistic believe that unbridled economic stimulus plans “will work if we can only spend enough.”
The idea of a gun-free society is idealistic fantasy. It is nonsense but not because it’s not achievable. Several societies have achieved it by depriving their citizens of firearms, always with disastrous consequences, including greatly increased incidents of violent crime using knives, sticks, bats, clubs, and even bare fists.
The problem with this Demoncrap ideal is that like all idealism, it is off-target. The correct focus should be on violence itself, not merely one method used by man to inflict violence on another. Once the focus is shifted, we see that in modern societies where people have ample opportunity to work above a living wage, violence drops below 5%, meaning 95% of the general population resorts to violence to get what they want or think they need. The result is a general populace where law-abiding citizens outnumber the bad guys by 20 to 1.
In such an environment, should even one-tenth of that population be armed, the good guys will still outnumber the bad guys 2 to 1. In reality, we find that half are armed at home (a 10 to 1 advantage) while one in ten are armed in public (a 2 to 1 advantage).
This is what keeps violent crime here in the U.S. to a level that’s one-third the violent crime rate in the United Kingdom, which created a serious three-fold increase when they confiscated privately owned firearms.
No, he’s not dead. At least not in the physical sense. As for his relationship with God, I seriously think he’s been fooling himself sick for quite some time. Here’s my response to reading his Wikipedia page.
Sorry, Tony Campolo, but you just made my “Out List,” as you found the exit door to Christianity as given to us by God and taught to us by God’s Word and Jesus Christ.
No, before you delete this, please bear with me, as your pants and pony stories carried me through much of my own development and life as a Christian.
1. On June 8, 2015, Tony Campolo released a statement changing his position on the issue of gay relationships, and stating that he now supported full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church. He cited several reasons including the institution of marriage primarily being about spiritual growth instead of procreation, what he had learned through his friendships with gay Christian couples, and past examples of exclusionary church traditions practiced “by sincere believers, but most of us now agree that they were wrong.”
That’s enough, as in direction violation of Romans Chapter 1, and given the fact that you were Bill Clinton’s “spiritual advisor,” it appears you’ve fallen astray, probably via your wife, whose stated beliefs lead your own and fall much further astray than yours. For that, you earn the “husband not leading the household” failure award.
I loved your “These are the pants!” and “There must be a pony around here!” stories. Truly inspiring! I still have the tapes.
Sadly, you have wandered from the truth: It’s not that God doesn’t forgive all sins (except blasphemy). He does. However, the “saved by grace THROUGH FAITH” part requires both acknowledgement of sin and repentance (turning away from) sin on our part. We cannot merely “accept God’s forgiveness” and continue to sin, and make absolutely zero mistake about it, homosexuality is sin, as undeniably established by biblical reference to Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19), Leviticus (18:22, 20:13), Romans 1 – ALL of it), and many more.
Perhaps you’ve been lead astray by claims that “the concept of sexual orientation didn’t even exist in the ancient world,” while failing to clearly recall Romans 1:26-27, which states: “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”
Gee, Tony, if that doesn’t sound like both male and female homosexual acts, I don’t know that it can be better described 2,000 years later in modern parlance.
As for the claim about “sexual orientation” not having been present in the ancient world, that is so fantastically absurd for one simple reason: The LGBTQ community has repeatedly provided clear and unmistakable evidence to the contrary in support of their own lifestyle and based on rock-solid archaeological evidence.
This is the deceptiveness of sin, Tony. It tries to argue one thing on the one hand, while trying to argue another thing on the other hand. They key point is that the Holy Spirit ALWAYS knows what’s in both hands. It is we as fallible human beings who either deceive ourselves or allow ourselves to be deceived into thinking that what’s going on with one side of an equation has nothing to do with what’s going on with the other side of the question.
But who is that deception from, really? It’s from Satan, author of the original “divide and conquer” approach, one which has lead to the continually increasing dissolution of Godly, Biblical marriage in “favor” of un-Godly, non-Biblical “marriage” that cannot Biblically be described as any sort of marriage at all, but rather, an un-holy union of two or more “men [who] also abandoned natural natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”
That’s what you support, Tony Campolo. That’s the level to which your “ministry” has devolved i.e. “fallen,” to attain the widespread monetary intake in support of your lifestyle but at the expense of your widespread support of sin that God calls “detestable, specifically, “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.” – Leviticus 20:13
You know what, Tony? Returning to a righteous walk with God may yet cost you your relationship with God. Who knows what happened to Paul’s wife? We just know that he was married, but when Christ called him to ministry, she more or less fell by the wayside, and no amount of effort on his part persuaded her to follow him into ministry. Although Paul did not divorce her, he had a choice to make: “Do I allow my wife to lead me astray, or do I follow Christ and hope my wife allows God to turn her around?”
Paul chose the latter. Even though it appears his wife did not follow, following Christ supersedes everything, including marriage, a roof over your head, and even how many pairs of pants you have hanging on your rack.”
Following Christ might very well mean you lose everything in your life, even life itself! But look at what you GAIN! Eternal life, communion with the saints, access to the throne, and even welcome unto God’s bosom (a person’s chest when it is thought of as the place where secret thoughts and feelings are kept). In today’s vernacular: No closer confidence available..
I am just a man, Tony. I am no saint, save for that which whatever God’s good graces and the blood of Christ may have given me access when I have had half the sense God gave a horse’s ass to simply avail myself of it. He loves us THAT much.
Yet the path to salvation remains narrow while the path to destruction remains wide. It involves the absolute simplest of choices, whether to choose one’s own will or God’s will, the latter of which has always been determined by His own word that he gave us from the beginning through the end, the “word” which he Himself revealed to us as Christ, the Alpha and the Omega,” a joint title of Christ and God in the book of Revelation.
Are you WITH me, Tony? Are you ready to return to a righteous path of service before our Lord and Savior?
It’s not hard. In fact, there’s nothing that God Almighty made easier in this world than his creation turning their hearts and minds to Him. Only Satan has convinced mankind that it is either too hard or too costly.
A former United States Navy Pilot (Naval Flight Officer/Aviator) asks Hillary Clinton a VALID question.
As a former United States Air Force Navigator (Air Force Flight Office/Aviator) with nearly identical training, background and security clearance, I wholeheartedly concur with the point he makes: “As a Naval flight officer I held a Top Secret Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI) clearance that provided me access to materials and information highly sensitive to our warfighting capabilities. Had I communicated this information not following prescribed protocols, I would have been prosecuted and imprisoned. Secretary Clinton, how can you expect those such as myself who were and are entrusted with America’s most sensitive information to have any confidence in your leadership as president when you clearly corrupted our national security?”
Her response DOES NOT MATTER.
What matters is her disdain and the vitriol painted all over her face. This military officer raises a perfectly valid point to which Hillary’s only response is utter disdain. If that’s her BEST response to our nation’s military in a public forum during during an election year, immediatly prior to the election, how do you think she will respond to valid military advice once in office?
She doesn’t care. She ALONE thinks she knows better than the MILLIONS of American members of the Armed Forces, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, and all other highly trained people with exceptional skills and experience in all our agencies entrusted with such information.
SHE JUST DOESN’T GET IT. She is oblivious to the fact that certain information MUST be protected at all costs, that both American and foreign lives are at stake should that information get out, and that some information, if released, could lead to war, costing tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, and even millions of American lives.
SHE DOESN’T GET IT. She is absolutely CLUELESS, and the lives of our sons and daughters (if not our own) hang in the balance.
Her own attitude and rampantly criminal behavior has utterly disqualified herself from having access to ANY classified information, yet she wants to be the President of the United States? Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces?
She is utterly, absolutely PATHETIC. Totally unqualified for the position. In fact, forty years of her own experience and behavior DISQUALIFIES her, beginning with her being FIRED from the Watergate investigation for “gross ethical violations” to her being fired, by Obama, no less, for the same damned thing as Secretary of State. If she were to apply for a job involving access to classified information in ANY country, no country in the WORLD would EVER hire her, including the United States of America.
If you’re voting for Johnson, STOP. The goal is no longer about voting for your favorite candidate. The goal is to prevent Hillary from getting into office AT ALL COSTS. She absolutely can NOT be entrusted with classified information, much less the vaunted and critical position as the executive office of the world’s most powerful country.
This isn’t a popularity contest, people. This issue is extremely serious and the stakes are very, very high. You own lives, and the lives of millions of other Americans, including your children are DEFINITELY hanging in the balance.
We live in a global economy. Trump has already established good relations with both Russia and China. His unparalled successs with 515 successful businesses and just 5 failures is absolutely unheard of in the business world, where less tha 20% of all ventures succeed. Trump’s success rate blows past all odds at 99.029%, putting him well into the top 1% of most successful businessmen of all time. By comparison, all Hillary has “accomplished” is the widespread, wholesale, and TRAITOROUS trade of American favors compromising our national security in exchange for millions, if not billions of dollars in foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative. If you don’t believe me, just go to YouTube and search Clinton Cash for the scathingly detailed and accurate revelation of Hillary’s and Bill’s horrendous violations of our nation’s most precious endeavors (it’s called “traitorism,” people). Alternatively, just follow the link: https://youtu.be/7LYRUOd_QoM
Hillary Clinton absolutely MUST be stopped AT ALL COSTS, and you can NOT acomplish that by voting for Johnson.
Only Donald J. Trump has the backing to win this election, but ONLY if you actually get out and VOTE for him.
We’ve been down this road not once, but FIVE TIMES in the last forty years, and it has ALWAYS gotten us NOWHERE. It’s time to GET OFF the madness train and do something RIGHT for a change. VOTE TRUMP.
Contrary to popular misconception, I do NOT hate all Muslims. In fact, I don’t hate ANY Muslims.
I DO, however, “hate that which is evil and cling to that which is good.” – Romans 12:9
This begs the question, “What is evil?”
As Justin Tolomeo, acting special agent in charge for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Phoenix, said in a statement: “People who are plotting to harm America and Americans are no longer a world away.” According to a variety of sources ranging from several within our federal government to various security think tanks, somewhere between 3% and 30% of Muslims currently in the United States would take innocent American lives given the right opportunity. Tens of thousands of Muslims were certainly observed cheering in the streets when Muslims attacked all Americans on September 11, 2001.
I’d call that evil, and encourage you to remember that such evil is already here in America, among us.
So what are we to do? Kill them all? If we did that, America would probably not survive the ensuing global backlash.
I would love to be able to differentiate between the good ones and the bad ones, but that’s just not possible. The problem involves taqiyya, the Islamic practice of deceiving your enemy. They’re apparently very good at it, having fooled the American government many times, including at the security checkpoints leading to those four fateful flights on September 11, 2001, eluding security at the Boston Marathon, attacking our recruiting centers, our hospitals, and many more.
When your enemy is inside your borders, and there’s no way to discern the difference between your enemy and a peaceful Muslim neighbor until it’s too late, what is an honest, law-abiding American citizen to do?
Remember, we didn’t start this war. Islam waged war against the rest of the world for 400 years before the Western world throughout Europe grew tired of the bloodshed and mounted a counter-offensive we know as the Crusades, kicking their butts back to the Middle East. It has only been in the last century, with a boldness and wealth resulting from oil, that they have resumed their global conquest.
So, again, what’s an honest, law-abiding American citizen to do?
Buy a firearm. Make sure it’s good, simple, and reliable. Get the best training possible. Know how to use it, when to use it, where to use it, and just as importantly, when not to use it. Train often, carry it with you whenever possible, and be ready at a moment’s notice.
Just remember this: Islam knows no bounds, and Muslims can be unbelievable cowards. They have often strapped bombs to their children, much like this smiling young girl, to do their dirty work for them.
God doesn’t care much about our station in life. While He certainly encourages us to be the very best we can be, it’s all for one purpose: His glory. How that manifests throughout our lives involves decisions each and every one of us make day after day.
It’s not a contest. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Eph 2:8-10
It’s all Him. Not us. Two thousand years ago, God turned the world upside down, totally on it’s ear.
My Friend, methinks you’re not understanding the nature of the situation.
Many competent psychologists have stepped forward, examined the empirical evidence, including her many statements, her testimony before Congress, the e-mails she sent from her own personal/private account, various paperwork. and eyewitness testimony of many who’ve been in her immediate presence for extended periods of time on numerous occasions, and have come to precisely the same conclusion as have many astute observers in the general public: She is a pathological liar, involving the “falsification entirely disproportionate to any discernible end in view, may be extensive and very complicated, and may manifest over a period of years or even a lifetime. The individual may be aware they are lying, or may believe they are telling the truth.”
By “empirical evidence,” I am referring to “the knowledge or source of knowledge acquired by means of the senses, particularly by observation and experimentation. Empirical evidence is information that justifies a belief in the truth or falsity of a claim. In the empiricist view, one can claim to have knowledge only when one has a true belief based on empirical evidence. This stands in contrast to the rationalist view under which reason or reflection alone is considered evidence for the truth or falsity of some propositions. The senses are the primary source of empirical evidence. Although other sources of evidence, such as memory and the testimony of others, ultimately trace back to some sensory experience, they are considered secondary, or indirect. In science, empirical evidence is required for a hypothesis to gain acceptance in the scientific community. Normally, this validation is achieved by the scientific method of hypothesis commitment, experimental design, peer review, adversarial review, reproduction of results, conference presentation, and journal publication. This requires rigorous communication of hypothesis (usually expressed in mathematics), experimental constraints and controls (expressed necessarily in terms of standard experimental apparatus), and a common understanding of measurement.”
So you see, My Friend, no small amount of examination of Hillary Clinton has been accomplished in these experts coming forth and attesting to the fact that she is indeed a pathological liar.
The fact that she has lied a very great deal to both Congress and the American public was clearly established by testimony of FBI Director Comey, not only in the midst of his press release that while regretably not recommending charges, but thankfully clearly citing at least some of Hillary’s many criminal actions, but more appropriately in subsequent and sworn testimony before Congress wherein he absolutely and without question highlighted Hillary’s great and many lies.
The thing about operations of this magnitude, however, is that even far smaller operations leave trails of both information and money, and such trails tell an unambiguous story not only of lies, but of cheating and stealing an incredible sum of $5.1 BILLION from the American people, hundreds of millions of which were routed to the Clintons’ pockets via the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative, almost always in exchange for highly questionable if not outright illegal political favors given to those who were either paying exorbitant sums ($750,000) for their speeches or “contributing” to their money-laundering “organizations.”
The handwriting isn’t merely on the wall (Daniel 5), My Friend. The paint is now three feet thick, sagging, and bleeding under its own weight. Yet “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” – 2 Cor 4:4
In the old days this was limited to simple matters, such as the Gospel itself, along with the nature and role of the Pharisees, Sadducees, and principalities and powers of this world. But Satan has so convoluted the issues that the minds of many of the elect (saved by grace through faith) have also been deceived, not about the light of the gospel, but about seriously and severe involvement in demonic forces.
The litmus test is simple: Put away all all preconceived notions of all parties and ask this one simple question: Who is lying? Who is lying to the American people? Who lied to the FBI? Who lied to Congress? Who was fired from the Watergate investigations because of her gross ethical violations? Who has a forty year long track record of lying, lying, lying, lying, lying?
What does God hate? It’s lying lips (Proverbs 12:22: “The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.”) and lying tongues (Proverbs 12:19: “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.”)
The question is, am I trustworthy? I’d like to think so. I was saved by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior when I was 15 years old in a Baptist Church in Slidell, Louisiana. I’d been attending church and youth groups at a Presbyterian church off and on for several years, but I’d never heard a clear presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When I did that one summer afternoon, the Holy Spirit confirmed in my heart that the testimony I was hearing from many others was true and from God Almighty. Although my conversion is real, I willingly admit I am no Billy Graham. Although I tried to be the best husband and father I could be, I was not. Although I never violated the marriage bed, I struggled in other areas. Although I always sought to lead and love my son in the path of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, it has often been in ways that were more worldly than saintly.
I know that. They know that. And although I am no longer married to the love of my life and mother of our child, we remain good friends. I am helping her finish moving tomorrow. My son has been staying with me most of the last year, is staying with me now, and she will be staying with me for two weeks until they’re resettled about two miles away. That’s a far cry from two years ago when both were thousands of miles away, a big step up for my son, who is attending a very good high school worthy of his mind, and we’re in an area that affords her with a good-paying job.
My point is that I believe the verse about “what God has joined together, let no one separate” applies as much to the couple as it does to others. Again, although I am by no means perfect, I have always kept plugging away at trying to make things work, if not for a marriage, then at least for our family.
Getting back to how God sees things, I think Hillary Clinton is an exceptional liar, second only to Obama and Satan himself. Although they fit many of the criteria, I am not convinced that either of them are the dragon, the beast, the second beast, or the great prostitute (Revelations 13 and 17).
They are behaving, however, in a striking Biblical semblance, and it is behavior that we scientists look at most sincerely.
Whether Male, Female, African, Caucasoid, Northeast Asia, Arctic Asia, Southeast Asia, America, or New Guinea & Australia — whatever — I do not care. All I care about is ensuring my vote goes to the most highly qualified individual who actually stands a reasonable chance of being elected.
The following candidates have been (1) nominated by their party for the presidency and (2) featured in at least three major national polls:
Gary Johnson (Libertarian, formerly Republican) / Bill Weld
Countless objective, professional polls taken in each state, throughout all fifty states, consistently show both Jill Stein and Gary Johnson so far back in the pack they haven’t a snowball’s chance in hell of winning even one state, much less the election. Johnson consistently receives between 1/3 and 1/15, averaging 1/6 the results of either Trump of Clinton in all states. Stein’s votes average 1/3 of Johnson’s,for about 1/18 that of either Trump or Clinton. While both are way too far behind to ever win, votes cast for them can have a significant effect on whether Trump or Clinton wins. Case in point, today’s (August 26) results for Florida, with Clinton (44%), Trump (42%), Johnson (6%), Stein (2%), and other (6%) falls smack dab along the mean.
Jill Stein simply isn’t qualified. She spent her entire career as a medical doctor. She simply does not have either the education, training, or experience running large organizations. With just 2% of the vote, a vote for Stein is a vote tossed out the window.
Gary Johnson is certainly qualified, but again, with just 6% of the vote, you’re tossing your votes out the window with him, as well.
Put simply, votes for either Gary Johnson or Jill Stein are WASTED. They could (and should) be used to select the better of the only two individuals who can actually win the election. If you honestly feel both Trump and Clinton are equal, meaning you do not feel one or the other would be better (or worse) for our nation, then by all means vote for Stein or Johnson. Or, you could stay home and save time and gas money. But if you believe that either Trump or Clinton is significantly better (or worse) than the other, please do your civic duty and make a difference by saying so with your vote, rather than tossing it away on the already lost Johnson or Stein.
When all aspects of both Trump and Clinton are examined, I see only one clear path to success for America’s future, and that’s with Trump. His leadership, business skills and financial/economic acumen far exceed those of Hillary Clinton. He is clearly the only one of the two who possesses the requisite integrity required for the position. Finally, because of Clinton’s deeply soiled reputation, she will not be able to attract anyone of noteworthy capability to the various economic posts, and those she does find will almost certainly be as unscrupulous and incompetent as she’s been herself.
This leads me to only one clear choice for our next President of the United States, and that’s Donald J. Trump.
It’s time We the People work smarter, not harder. Begin with reality and proceed from their. If Gary Johnson were in the running, I’d have no problem voting for him. But Johnson is not in the running. Trump is. There’s far too much at stake here, namely making dang sure that Hillary doesn’t win. There’s no way in hell I will fail to cast a deciding vote on that issue by wasting it on a candidate like Johnson who doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of beating Clinton.
Just what are the Constitutional limits on federal ownership of land? Are they defined in the Constitution, federal law, or both?
Many Americans, including politicians in our government, are under the distinct impression that our Federal Government can use eminent domain to lay claim to whatever land and natural resources they see fit. After all, the federal government runs the country, right?
Wrong. That is not what the Constitution says. In fact, it says something
We the People run our country. In fact, our Constitution, “the supreme Law of the Land” (Article VI), says so in its opening words, the Preamble:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a m
ore perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.”
Each and every U.S. citizen is one of “We the People.” We the People run our country, hence the name of this website. This fact is thoroughly woven throughout our Constitution and its Amendments, particularly the first ten Amendments we know as the Bill of Rights, and for very good reason.
Before our Constitution was signed 1787, and even before our Declaration of Independence eleven years earlier in 1776, certain factions in our government wanted to create a strong, authoritarian government. The problem is that such a government was reminiscent of the Fortunately, calmer heads prevailed, knowing full well that such governments strongly tend to creep towards dictatorship. They also rejected democracy, a democratic form of government, knowing full well that when Rome allowed itself to be transformed from a republic into a democracy, its end soon followed, eventually collapsing under its own excesses.
A republic is defined as a government under the rule of law. Because it’s principles are well-defined and codified, it tends to be far more stable than a democracy, whose principles can be changed by a single vote. Thus, a republic works quite well. Democracies, however, are not stable, as they’re determined by the will of the people. When those people have either been deceived or have merely grown ignorant, the democracy is easily weakened, making it ripe for being overrun by another country, or worse, being rendering so dysfunctional that it collapses under the weight of its own excesses, inefficiencies, and corruption. Sadly, the United States under Democrat control reflects this tendency and has become a clear and present danger to our nation, as clearly evidenced not only by our current and exorbitant level of debt, but also by the abject failure of most cities run by strongly Democrat governments.
Because our Founding Fathers were such keen students of history, knowing full well what works and what doesn’t, when these factions attempted to create a strong central government whereby states ceded most, if not all of their rights, the calmer heads crafted, “by the Unanimous Consent of the States present,” a “Constitution for the United States of America” that specifically required ratification “by three-fourths of the several states,” the same as for all Amendments (Article V). Rhode Island, distrustful of a powerful federal government, was the only one of the thirteen original states to refuse to send delegates to the Constitutional Convention. Thus, with only twelve states present, three-quarters of which equal nine, they including the following Article VII’s opening clause: “The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.”
Furthermore, our “country” isn’t like France, Japan, or Egypt. By law, specifically our U.S. Constitution, the United States of America is a collection of independent states (countries) organized into a union. The term “state” and “country” are synonymous, hence the universal terms “heads of state” and our “State Department,” both of which deal with other countries. In fact, the word “country” is not found anywhere in our Constitution, whereas the word “state” is found 133 times.”
Much like the European Union, each U.S. state remains its own sovereign entity, have ceded only certain specific and quite limited powers to the union as a whole, under the federal government, in order to normalize activities and relations between the states, which to this day retained the vast majority of powers under each state government.
Specifically, the federal government exists solely for the purposes as given in the Preamble.
If the federal government were allowed to change its powers merely by passing a single bill, especially in a way that modified the limits established by our Constitution, then such an action would not only be inconsistent with our Constitution, but would disenfranchise our voters. Fortunately, that’s not how our government works, or at least is supposed to work.
So… Where does that leave us with respect to the federal ownership of land?
Article I, Section 8 gives Congress many powers. However, when it comes to the purchasing and ownership of land, it limits the federal government’s powers quite specifically:
“To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings…”
Congress may exercise exclusive legislation over the District.
The District is not to exceed exceed ten miles square.
The District is to be formed by land ceded by particular states, as accepted by Congress, to become the seat of the U.S. government
If Congress needs additional land, it may purchase places by the consent of the legislature of the state from which they’re being purchased
The only reasons Congress may purchase such lands are for the erection of forts (Army bases), magazines (place where ammunition is stored), arsenals (place where firearms are stored), dock-yards (places where ships are stored aka “ports”), “and other needful buildings.”
NOTE: The entire collection of Constitutionally-authorized Congressional purchases is limited to buildings and structures.
These limitations gave rise to the easy to remember moniker, “forts, ports, and ten miles square.”
While it is reasonable to extend this to Air Force bases and large ranges used for firing, bombing, and testing, Congress does not have any Constitutional authorization to buy land used for other purposes, particularly vast quantities of land as they own out west. Furthermore, they have absolutely zero lawful authority (power) to “appropriate” (take without buying) land, as the Constitution specifically requires Congress to obtain land only if “purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be.”
Some people will argue that the next clause gives the federal government to expand their powers as they see fit, that doing so is in the best interests of our nation. Again, WRONG. Nor does the federal government have any authority to erode our rights. The two Amendments which guarantee both of these precepts are found at the end of the Bill of Rights as stop-gap final limits on federal powers:
Amendment IX: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
In modern parlance, just because a right isn’t mentioned in the Constitution doesn’t mean it’s not a legitimate right. Furthermore, no one – not Congress, the President, the Supreme Court, nor any business, organization, entity, man, woman, or child can lawfully either deny us those rights nor even “disparage” our retention of those rights. Disparage means “to describe (someone or something) as unimportant, weak, bad; to degrade; to lower in rank or reputation; speak slightingly about.” These are the rights of We the People! They’d better not attempt to degrade them.
Amendment X: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Again, in today’s language, this simply means that all powers not specifically given to the federal government are not to be held by the federal government. Unless the Constitution specifically prohibits the states holding a specific power, such as negotiating international treaties, then that power belong to the states (NOT the feds), or the people.
Put simply, the Federal Government of the United States of America has vastly overreached the Constitutional limits of their authority. NO land is legitimately “their land” except the buildings and structures required for forts and ports, and the ten miles square required for the seat of the U.S. government. All other lands in these United States belong to the States or to the People. Sometime long ago federal politicians convinced themselves that it was OK to flagrantly ignore, if not extremely violate the U.S. Constitution, and for some unfathomable reason, the American People weren’t paying attention!
Well, people of America, you’d better start paying attention now, and remind each and every member of Congress — often, as in at least once weekly — that We the People are watching, and that those who fail or refuse to do their duty, irregardless of willfulness or ignorance, to FULLY “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” most certainly WILL be ejected from office with extreme prejudice, and replaced by one of us who actually knows and follows the United States Constitution.
Our Founding Fathers fully understood the nature of our God-given inalienable rights:
– It’s why they wrote about them in our Declaration of Independence.
– It’s why they enumerated some of them in our United States Constitution
– It’s why they specifically secured several key rights and freedoms for us in our Bill of Rights.
– It’s why they specifically established the retention by the people of other rights not specifically mentioned in the Constitution, along with the reservation of powers not specifically mentioned in the Constitution to the states and people.
“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” – Ninth Amendment
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” – Tenth Amendment
It’s why the courts have repeatedly (mostly) upheld our Constitutional rights, powers and freedoms, not as any sort of “favors” meted out by a “benevolent” or “indulgent” government, but as fundamental rights,powers and freedoms God Almighty fully intended to be held not by any government, but by the people themselves.