Who Makes The Law Of The Land

By Jacob N. Schulz

[NOTE: Jacob Schulz is an 8th-grade homeschooled student interested in American government. He will be giving this speech at the 4-H communication arts contest.]

How many of you believe that Congress makes the laws of our land? How many of you believe presidential executive orders are also the law of our land? How many of you believe the Supreme court’s decisions are the law of our land?

n the United States Constitution our founding fathers gave the American people a government of checks and balances–a government of three branches where none is all powerful. Our constitution clearly dictates which of the three branches makes the laws of our land, and what the duties of the other two branches are, regarding those laws.

Article I, Section 1 of the constitution states: “All legislative power [law-making power] herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States[.]”

According to our constitution then, all laws are made in the congress. This is how:

  1. A congressman drafts a bill.
  2. He submits it to the floor.

III. It is sent to a committee.

  1. It is discussed and sent back to the floor.
  2. It is discussed and voted on.
  3. It passes.

VII. It is sent to the other house.

VIII. Same process.

  1. If it passes, it is sent to the president.
  2. The president can sign the bill, veto it, or do nothing, in which case the bill becomes law after ten days.

There, that’s how congress makes laws–the condensed version.

Now how many of you believe presidential executive orders are the law of the land?

Remember that word all? “All legislative power…shall be vested in a congress.” That leaves no law-making power leftover for the president. His executive orders are for the sole purpose of enforcing the constitution as prescribed in Article II Section 3 “He shall take care that the laws (made by Congress) be faithfully executed.” Again I say, the president’s role in the government is to preserve and protect the constitution and to enforce, not make, our country’s laws.

Suppose the president issued an executive order that all Americans had to worship at a Lutheran church. Not only is there no such law passed by congress, but that executive order is a blatant violation of the first amendment, which states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  Since this executive order is not enforcing a law, but trying to make a new one, and because this order would violate the first amendment and deprive citizens of their treasured freedom to worship as they please, the president is overstepping his constitutional bounds, and the order should be struck down.

On the other hand, suppose a president made an executive order restricting immigration from certain countries.  Article IV Section 4 states that the executive branch shall: “Protect each of them [the states] from invasion.” In addition, Congress has passed a statutory law stating:

 “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may. . .impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

This order to restrict immigration is therefore perfectly legal. Some may disagree with it, but it is still very much in line with the president’s first and foremost duty, to protect the American people by enforcing the constitution and the laws of congress.

Finally, how many of you still believe that Supreme Court decisions are the law of the land? Again I remind you, the first sentence of the constitution vests ALL legislative powers in a congress. That leaves nothing left for the Supreme court. The Supreme Court’s  function is to discover and apply the constitution and the laws of congress to the cases brought before them, and to strike down laws that violate the constitution. They are not to judge based on their personal bias. They are to judge based on the Constitution. Moreover, they have no jurisdiction unless a case is appealed to them. Even then, their opinions apply only to the case on which they have ruled–not to the entire country. Their opinions are not law!

Consider this, in 1857, Chief Justice Roger Taney ruled in Dredd Scott v. Sanford that African Americans had no rights which white men were bound to respect. In 1927, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes ruled in Buck v. Bell that mentally disabled women could be sterilized “for the protection and health of the State.”

Dredd Scott and Buck v. Bell have never been overturned. If Supreme court decisions carry the force of law, then why do African Americans have rights, and why aren’t we forcibly sterilizing every intellectually disabled woman? The answer is this: the Supreme Court does not make laws. Their decisions do not need to be overturned. They are just opinions. They are not law, and can be ignored as we have been rightly ignoring Dredd Scott and Buck v. Bell for decades.

Roe v. Wade, the supreme court decision that “legalized” abortion, is not law. Obergefell v. Hodge, the supreme court decision that “legalized” same-sex marriage in all 50 states is not law. These are simply opinions. Congress, and Congress alone makes the laws of our land–not the president, and not the Supreme Court.

When we know how our government is supposed to work, we should be appalled by what we see today. Whenever the courts make decisions not based on the constitution and the law, but instead based on their personal bias, they are neglecting their duties. And when they declare rulings on things over which the constitution is silent, or declare rulings that have no constitutional foundation, they are overstepping their bounds.

When the president makes executive orders not to enforce the law, but to make new laws, he is overstepping his constitutional bounds. When he refuses to enforce laws that Congress has made, he is neglecting his duties.

When Congress neglects to exercise their constitutional power of impeachment against those who break the law, or when they won’t compromise across party lines in order to pass good legislation, they are neglecting their duties.

The president doesn’t make laws, he can only enforce them. The Supreme court doesn’t make laws, it can only discover and apply them. Only Congress makes laws. Executive orders are to enforce the laws; Supreme Court decisions are opinions about the laws; but Congress, and Congress alone holds the law-making authority in the United States of America.

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Constitutional Expert Herb Titus

Today we have Constitutional scholar, Herb Titus. Herb is a lawyer, a writer and a former Vice-Presidential Candidate from 1996.

Are you wondering how much evolution has affected our political and judicial culture today?

Did you know the Declaration of Independence is really just a very long prayer?

We get into the waste of big governmental bureaucracies and bad judges, the executive order by the president of the United States that was overturned by a Seattle judge, and the evolution of law.

How much is the lie of evolution affecting our political and judicial culture today?

How does Donald Trump stack up on the Constitutional measuring stick?

Replace it with nothing!

by Craig Roberts, CP Member – Wisconsin

With the epic failure of the Republicans to repeal Obamacare, we at the Constitution Party say: We told you so! Yes, we said it. And you will be hearing “we told you so” much more in the coming years. For the entire presidential campaign we were told by “conservatives” that we must suspend our principles and vote for the Republican candidate in order to stop Hillary, instead of voting for an actual conservative candidate, Darrell Castle. After all, they said, “he can’t win.” Well, guess what? Apparently Republicans can’t win either. The Republicans failed to repeal Obamacare, a major campaign promise, and our former president’s signature piece of legislation is still chugging along.

To make matters worse, the Republicans, after trying one time to repeal it, decided to cut-and-run and move to something else. Are they really that pathetic and weak? The answer is, Yes. The Democrats, to their credit, never give up, even when they lose. They keep scraping and clawing until they get what they want. The Republicans on the other hand, keep doing what they do best:  cave-in to the Democrats.

The Constitution Party recognizes that the Federal Government has no constitutional authority to involve itself in healthcare. None! Therefore, we propose that Obamacare be repealed and replaced with nothing. What about those who really need the coverage? That can be handled by the individual states, if the citizens of those states choose to make it a priority. The states have full constitutional authority to pursue whatever program they wish. For instance, Wisconsin has Badgercare. Massachusetts has “Romneycare,” etc. Each state has the money to fund their own healthcare system, if they make it a priority. The reason they have not made it a priority is because they want Uncle Sam to pay for it so that they may continue with their wasteful spending in order to buy votes. If you are truly interested in universal healthcare, take it up with your state representatives.

The Constitution Party has proven once again to be the only conservative party left in America. We are the only party who can oppose the Democrat Party. If you want a political party with principles, you only have one choice; the Constitution Party. Join a group of people who are willing to fight for our conservative principles, not run and hide. Go to www.constitutionparty.com to learn more

It’s Time for Congress to Investigate the CIA Hacking Scandal

With WikiLeaks providing hardware and software manufactures with technical details about the hacking tools the CIA developed — and lost — the manufactures are working to plug the holes. While that is happening, there may be the beginnings of a Congressional investigation into the CIA’s hacking activities.

Almost as soon as WikiLeaks published a trove of documents and files revealing the size and scope of the CIA’s arsenal of cyber weapons and the fact that the CIA somehow lost control of that arsenal, Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) released a statement saying, “I am deeply disturbed by the allegation that the CIA lost its arsenal of hacking tools.” Lieu, who has a degree in computer science, added:

The ramifications could be devastating. I am calling for an immediate congressional investigation. We need to know if the CIA lost control of its hacking tools, who may have those tools, and how do we now protect the privacy of Americans.

Since such a congressional investigation would likely be headed by either the House Intelligence committee or the Senate Intelligence committee.

 Lieu is not alone in his concerns or his willingness to take action. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told the assembled press at a briefing last Tuesday, “These [leaks] appear to be very, very serious.” He added, “We are extremely concerned, and we are following it closely.”

If a congressional investigation had bipartisan support, it could avoid the typical political obstacles that might get in the way. Such an investigation would have the potential to upset the apple-cart of the surveillance state by uncovering wrongdoing within the CIA’s hacking programs.

One possibility that the CIA has dismissed is that the agency could be shown to have used its cyber weapons to hack devices belonging to American citizens living in the United States. The CIA recently released a statement saying, in part:

It is also important to note that CIA is legally prohibited from conducting electronic surveillance targeting individuals here at home, including our fellow Americans, and CIA does not do so. CIA’s activities are subject to rigorous oversight to ensure that they comply fully with U.S. law and the Constitution.

That statement notwithstanding, the reality is that the agency has been accused in the past of hacking the computers and servers of Americans, including those used by a U.S. senator. In March 2014, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) — who was, at the time the Intelligence Committee chairwoman — accused the CIA of searching the computer she used to store files for her committee’s investigation into the CIA torture program operated under President Bush.

In her remarks — made on the floor of the Senate — Feinstein said, “I have grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well have violated the separation of powers principle embodied in the United States Constitution.” Later that day, CIA Director John Brennan denied those claims in an appearance at the New World Order oriented Council on Foreign Relations. Brennan said that the CIA “has tried to work as collaboratively as possible with the committee on its report” and that “there have been many things written, and many things said — including, I understand, this morning — about the program, some fact and some pure fiction.”

He also told the globalist group, “As far as the allegations of … CIA hacking into … Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth. I mean we wouldn’t do that,” adding that doing so would be “beyond … the scope of reason in terms of what we would do.”

One need not be a Feinstein fan to imagine that her claims were probably more truthful that Brennan’s denials. After all, a brief perusal of the documents published last week by WikiLeaks shows that the CIA developed methods for hacking computers, mobile devices, and SmartTVs to turn them into surveillance devices to be used against their owners. As this writer said in a previous article:

While the CIA claims that it never uses its investigative tools on American citizens in the United States, one is reminded that the agency doesn’t exactly have a stellar reputation for being truthful. Besides, how many terrorist camps in the Middle East have SmartTVs to watch their favorite programs on? The reality is that these tools are designed to penetrate the very types of devices used by ordinary citizens in Western countries.

Given the lack of accountability, lack of honesty, and lack of integrity that are par for the course where the CIA is concerned, the statement by the agency that “CIA’s activities are subject to rigorous oversight to ensure that they comply fully with U.S. law and the Constitution” would be laughable if so much weren’t at stake.

Concerned Americans should pressure Congress to investigate the CIA’s hacking programs to determine at least the following:

• Were American citizens living in the United States targeted by those programs?

• How did the CIA lose control of its arsenal of hacking weapons?

• Did the CIA even have the authorization to create that arsenal in the first place?

• If so, who granted such authorization?

• What was the cost of developing and using that arsenal?

• Who had access to the documents and files that comprised that arsenal?

In the absence of such an in-depth investigation, the CIA will simply start over, rebuild its arsenal, and continue in its unaccountable ways.

Darrell Castle Interview on Wiretapping and Obamacare

Darrell Castle recently returned to the airwaves with this interview on the Home Front program, hosted by former Missouri State Representative, Cynthia Davis.
Darrell and Cynthia talk about President Trump’s wiretapping allegations, what the government already can do without a search warrant and the future of Obamacare.

Texas law makers need to kick red light cameras to the curb!

When it comes to “no brainer” legislative items, a ban on automatic ticket cameras, like red light cameras should be a slam dunk.

It’s not everyday that lawmakers get to champion a cause that is constitutional and popular at the same time!

Outraged Texas voters of all political stripes like the ones in Conroe, Houston and Arlington have risen up to kick the cameras out of their cities.

Camera vendors have been caught up in scandals including a federal bribery conviction, several studies show accidents increasing where cameras are located, and a Texas judge recently ruled the entire program unconstitutional.

So why has the Texas legislature failed to pass a ban bill despite the best efforts of grassroots activists?

The answer simply boils down to dollars. The entire Texas legislature benefits from ticketing drivers with these unconstitutional and dangerous cameras. Half of the profits from red light camera fines are sent to the state!

Fortunately, in the 85th session more bills than ever before have been filed regarding red light cameras. But they are not all created equal.

Some bills are good, some are bad and some even expand photo enforcement. The camera companies are looking for other ways to rob us on the road, like school bus arm cameras and hand held speed ticket cameras. We can’t let this happen.

Our next step is to hold hearings so we can wade through the details of each bill. We want a cameras ban bill that when it passes the camera go dark! Even if that means the state will have to take a 32 million dollar cut in revenue.

With your help, we can convince the house transportation committee members to start holding hearings on photo enforcement. Without their co-operation nothing will happen, and we might be stuck with red light cameras for decades.

I need you to contact them today.  Let them know we want a real camera ban bill to pass through the transportation committee. We won’t support a bill that “phases out” red light cameras, that may continue to ticket drivers for decades.

For convenience email every single member of the house transportation committee here.  Copy and paste into your email recipient box. Tell them we want a hearing on a real camera ban bill.

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Tell them we want a real red light camera ban one that actually pulls the plug on the cameras and kicks them to the curb.  We want a bill that as soon as it passes the cameras go dark!

We will not tolerate a bill that allows the state, the cities and the out-of-state private vendors to keep up the current highway extortion scheme for the next 20 years.

Most counties do NOT enforce red light camera tickets! Keep your $75

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Your county tax assessor is the lynch pin to the entire program.  If they have chosen NOT to enforce by with holding your vehicle registration for unpaid camera tickets you can trash them with absolutely no lash back.

So trash your tickets!

Kelli Cook
Gulf Coast Regional Coordinator
Camping for Liberty