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The Constitution is not just a piece of paper

rippedObama has (and let’s be fair here — also the congress, and the judiciary, and state officials have) repeatedly demonstrated either a complete disrespect for, or absolute misunderstanding of, the constitution.

From the inversion of the commerce clause, ex post facto laws at both the federal and state levels, sweeping usurpation of article 5 powers via the judiciary, to blatant violations of the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 14th amendments, our government is — at best — operating in an unauthorized fashion, wielding powers it was never granted by the people, and ignoring its obligation to protect the rights it was explicitly charged with protecting in return for being allowed to operate at all.
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SCOTUS empowers another ex post facto law

rippedThe Supreme Court ruled on May 17th, 2010, that federal officials can indefinitely hold inmates after their prison terms are complete. The high court in a 7-2 judgment reversed a lower court decision that said Congress overstepped its authority.

Ex post facto laws are explicitly forbidden to the federal government and the states by two separate and quite specific clauses in the constitution, the government’s authorizing document:

The federal government: “Section 9 – Limits on Congress – No … ex post facto Law shall be passed.”

The states: “Section 10 – Powers prohibited of States – No State shall … pass any … ex post facto Law”

You may be asking, “What is an ex post facto law?” The legal definition is given by Calder v Bull (3 US 386 [1798]), in the opinion of Justice Chase, which defines four ways laws must fail as ex being post facto:
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Enjoy the Fireworks

Upon exiting the constitutional convention, Benjamin Franklin was approached by a lady who asked “What kind of government have you given us?” Franklin answered “A republic, madam… if you can keep it.”

Considering the feeble effective remnants of the constitution today, I’m afraid that Franklin’s cautionary remark has come home to roost.

When you see those fireworks today, consider what we could have had, were it not for sophists, powermongers, and politicians “interpreting” the constitution until much of it became meaningless.

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Think income tax rates are ok? Read this.

Let’s talk for a moment about an imaginary worker who makes, oh, let’s say… $50,000.

Let’s further stipulate that said worker lands, for various reasons, in the 25% tax bracket.

So, you’d presume that of the $50,000 our worker earns, $12,500 is paid to the federal government as income tax. Right? Because that’s 25% of $50,000, so… we end up with $37,500 that actually goes towards social security, state taxes, food, gas, savings, etc. The other stuff. Right?

No. Wrong. Here’s why.

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