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 New York's New Senator | January 30, 2009 | Digg This


On the whole, New York Governor David Paterson’s appointment of two-term Democrat Congressman Kirsten E. Gillibrand to succeed Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate is a plus for conservatives.

Mrs. Gillibrand was a co-sponsor of Virgil Goode’s House Concurrent Resolution 40, opposing the North American Union (NAU), the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), and the NAFTA Superhighway.

She has supported Balance Budget Amendments (which TCC opposes), opposed amnesty for illegal immigrants, and voted against withholding funds to prosecute the war in Iraq. She received much criticism for her vote in opposition to the Wall Street bailout.

On the negative side, she is pro-abortion and a supporter of the U.N.

At one point, she was an intern for New York U.S. GOP Senator Alfonse D’Amato.

Although she earned a 100% approval rating from the National Rifle Association, she is now quoted in The New York Times as saying that, on issues such as gun control on which she differs from fellow Democrats, there was "enormous space for common ground".

She acknowledged that "there is a lot of concern in our city communities about gun violence". And she said that, while she represents all of New York, "my advocacy will be broader".

Another item on the plus side is that she has been a supporter of "English Language Only" proposals.

At one point, she was Special Counsel to Andrew M. Cuomo when he was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Cuomo was a runner-up in consideration for the Clinton seat.

 Thanks! | January 29, 2009 | Digg This


Hillary Rodham Clinton was confirmed on a 94-2 vote in the U.S. Senate to be Secretary of State.

Congratulations to Senator David Vitter of Louisiana and Jim DeMint of South Carolina who cast the only votes against confirmation.

 Stop the DC Power Grab | January 26, 2009 | Digg This

January 27, 2009

Congressional Representation for The District of Columbia Is Unconstitutional

The United States Constitution is entirely plain and direct in declaring that states are the political units to be represented in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Article I, Section 2 states that "The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States . . . ." It also says that "No person shall be a Representative who shall not . . . be an Inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen" and that "Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several states which may be included within this union . . . ." The same section guarantees that ". . . each State shall have at least one Representative . . ." and provides that "When vacancies happen in the representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies."

Article I, Section 4 also recognizes only states when it says that "The Times, Places, and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature . . . ."

The Fourteenth Amendment continues in this vein, establishing that "Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers . . . ."

The District of Columbia is not a state, and cannot be granted representation as if it were a state by any authority in the Constitution. Congress recognized this in regard to the electoral college when it used a constitutional amendment (the Twenty-third) to grant the District electoral votes equal to those of the smallest state.

HR 157 must, on constitutional grounds, be rejected. The actual merits of representation for the District may be debated if a constitutional amendment is offered, but the unconstitutionality of this bill requires a negative vote by those who have sworn "to support this Constitution" (Article VI, paragraph 3).

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 More Blue Helmets on U.S. Troops | January 23, 2009 | Digg This


"The Obama-Biden Transition Project has been secretly meeting with special interest groups demanding that more U.S. military personnel be assigned to ‘Blue Helmet’ or U.N.-controlled military operations. But the Obama operation has not disclosed any information about the nature of the meetings. The only reason we know anything about them is because one of the special interest groups has boasted about its involvement in them on its website.

"The group, Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS), the new name of the old pro-world government World Federalist Association, reveals … that in meetings held on December 6, 2008, with Eric Schwartz, identified as being in charge of the Obama-Biden US/UN Transition Team, a group called the ‘Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping’ (PEP) … asked that the U.S. increase its participation in U.N. military activities ‘by putting more blue helmets on US troops.’ …

"Schwartz, executive director of the George Soros-funded US Connect Fund, worked under Clinton’s disgraced National Security Adviser, Sandy Berger, and brags that he ‘initiated and managed the White House review that resulted in U.S. signature of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court,’ … an entity that could prosecute American soldiers and citizens for ‘war crimes.’ …"


"Another organization participating in the Obama-Biden meetings was the Washington Working Group on the International Criminal Court (WICC) … which wants Senate ratification of the International Criminal Court (ICC) treaty.

"Both the PEP and the WICC are largely creations of the World Federalist Association (WFA), which supports world government financed by global taxes, as well as a U.N. world army. The WFA became the Citizens for Global Solutions as part of an extreme ‘New World Order’ makeover designed to make the organization’s world government solutions palatable to more people. …"


"While top officers of CGS, including Don Kraus … were meeting with Schwartz, CGS was represented on Schwartz’s side of the table by Heather B. Hamilton … an assistant to Schwartz who serves as Senior Policy Advocate for the US Connect Fund and ‘most recently served as Executive Vice President of Citizens for Global Solutions.’ …

"What’s more, Hamilton says that she developed, launched and led a non-governmental organization (NGO) coalition in support of the U.N.’s Law of the Sea Treaty, which is a top priority of the Obama Administration.

"Hamilton boasts that she ‘Launched and managed [the] successful campaign to defeat the nomination of John Bolton as U.S. Ambassador to the UN’ … and ‘Led [the] coalition effort that achieved the U.S. signature of the ICC treaty…’ (Bolton later received a recess appointment as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.) …"


"In addition to demanding ‘More Blue Helmets on U.S. Troops,’ the Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS) website blog discloses that the Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping, during a meeting with Schwartz, made several other requests. It urged Obama to: • Pay $1.6 billion to the U.N. for U.S. ‘arrears’ to the U.N. • Lift the cap on payments to the U.N. for U.N. military operations. • Ensure ‘adequate resources’ for and increase U.S. participation in U.N. military activities. • Restrict the use of the U.S. veto at the U.N. so U.N. involvement in international conflicts and situations can be increased. • Support expansion of U.N. departments and offices, including the U.N. Department of Political Affairs." Source: Cliff Kincaid, America’s Survival, January 2009

 A Romanian Freedom Fighter | January 22, 2009 | Digg This


During one of several visits to Romania, it was my privilege to meet Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu, a Romanian dissident who spent many years in prison during the Communist era, and later led the fight to open the files of the Securitate, the feared secret police. Dumitrescu died recently in Bucharest at the age of 80.

Dumitrescu was a very impressive man who begged me to do all I could to see to it that the U.S. government would not again "sell" him or his countrymen into Communist slavery. "I spent twenty years in prison," he said, "because Harry Truman and your government sold me."

 Thumbs Up on Bret Baier | January 20, 2009 | Digg This


As Chairman of the Coalition to Block the North American Union (NAU), I was in Montebello, Canada during the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) meeting of U.S. President George Bush, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

One journalist who treated me very fairly and gave national coverage to our concerns about the North American Union was Bret Baier.

I am delighted that he has received an important promotion at the Fox TV news channel.

 Liberals Now Understand | January 15, 2009 | Digg This


Montgomery County, Maryland, which has a reputation for being one of the nation’s most liberal, has taken a turn to the right on illegal immigrants, with the news that the Montgomery County police are developing a proposal to have their officers check the immigration status of suspects arrested for violent crimes and weapons offenses.

Last November, Montgomery voters surprised political observers by approving a tax limitation referendum. The county has also changed its ordinances to encourage hunting.

At the very moment when some GOP leaders are claiming (with little evidence) that the American people are turning Left, the residents of this bastion of liberalism are clearly moving the opposite direction.

 Our Strategy | January 8, 2009 | Digg This


In my remarks to the December meeting of the Constitution Party National Committee, I began by reviewing current crises and challenges:   

  1. the likelihood of D.C. being unconstitutionally awarded a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives,

  2. the possibility of statehood for Puerto Rico, (which can be achieved by simple majority votes in the House and the Senate),

  3. the likely ratification of the U.N. Law of the Sea Treaty (UNLOST),

  4. the exacerbation of problems of crime and disease resulting from the continuing influx of illegal aliens,

  5. the prospect of socialized medicine being imposed incrementally,

  6. the collapse of the dollar,

  7. the return of the Fairness Doctrine,

  8. the enactment of “card check”, eliminating the secret ballot in union elections,

  9. the ongoing push for a North American Union (NAU),

  10. the further homosexualization of the U.S. military,

  11. the prospect of hyperinflation, and

  12. other related issues.

I then proceeded to discuss how to bring our policies to power, observing that incrementalism does not work for Christian Constitutional conservatives because we would be merely incrementally toying with a left-wing template.

Instead of embracing a strategy of pragmatism and that which seems to be politically feasible in the near term, we ought to focus instead on “what ought to be”.

In this regard, we can learn some powerful lessons from the examples of the Marxists and the Fabian Socialists.

Antonin Gramsci said the way to capture America was not by means of economic determinism, but rather through reliance on “a long march” through the institutions, including education, the arts, the church, the family, and, ultimately, the military.

Like the Marxists and Fabian Socialists, we must also be bold and farsighted. 

Let’s not forget how much of the Communist Manifesto has been implemented in America.  Marx’s goals included abolition of the family, free education for all children in public schools, the graduated income tax, abolition of all rights of inheritance, centralization of credit in the hands of the state, a national bank with state capital, and centralization of the means of communication.  His goal of combining education with industrial productivity was manifested in the drive, fortunately unsuccessful, for the “School to Work” program.

To put America back on the right track, there are several goals we must pursue:

  • elimination of the Federal Reserve,

  • elimination of all government education,

  • the total exclusion of homosexuals from government services and employment, especially in the military,

  • defunding the Left (lest we forget that George Bush’s “faith-based funding” strategy was a gift to Barack Obama) – the Number One priority for defunding the Left should be elimination of the Federal Legal Services program,

  • rebuilding the U.S. military, with particular emphasis on the U.S. Navy and our T and

  • reassertion of the Monroe Doctrine, with focus on Panama, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Venezuela.

I observed that there are two ways to come to power: (1) building cadres who uncompromisingly assert fidelity to Constitutional principles and long-term objectives, or (2) capitalizing on crisis.

I emphasized that, in my view, America will, during the years immediately ahead, face a major crisis. 

This could include (a) the detonation of nuclear weapons on our territory, (b) a successful Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attack, (c) hyperinflation, or some similar catastrophe.

Should one or more such catastrophes occur: (a) we must be prepared and plan ahead for the creation of a new capitol to replace Washington, D.C., (b) expansion of the U.S. House of Representatives so that each member of the House will represent far fewer than 700,000 constituents, (c) abolition of salaries for elected legislators, (d) elimination of pensions for all government employees, (e) abolition of direct taxation – – – substituting tariffs, rather than taxes, to pay for the legitimate Constitutional activities of the Federal government, (f) prompt withdrawal from the United Nations, NAFTA, the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and all other globalist entities, (g) repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment, (h) termination of all government funding of education, the arts, policy advocacy, political parties, and political candidates, (i) a return to paper ballots in elections, and (j) creation of a shadow government in which we urgently identify and publicize those who are ready to serve in responsible positions.

The members of the shadow government should be chosen by the CPNC Executive Committee, subject to ratification by the full membership of the National Committee.

 Help TCC Stop ACORN Now | January 5, 2009 | Digg This


ACORN (the initials stand for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), came into being in 1971 and benefited from the participation and legal representation of Barack Obama. During the Nixon Administration, Frank Carlucci, one of my predecessors as Director of the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, began providing government subsidies to ACORN. When I became head of the agency in 1973, I cut off the money. Sadly, following my departure, the subsidies resumed, and they continued under every President to the present day – from Nixon to Ford to Carter to Reagan to Bush to Clinton to Bush.

It was my outrage at the unconstitutional assignment of taxpayer dollars to Left-wing advocacy groups that contributed significantly to my decision to found The Conservative Caucus in 1974. Defunding the Left continuef TCC’s top priorities.

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