Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Beaumont Constitution Class: Article I, Section 9; Legislative Prohibitions

Marla's Cocina, 1310 E. 6th St.
10:00 am
Thursdays

Murrieta Constitution Class: Legislative Powers

 

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Lesson Two, Legislative Powers


6:00 pm. Wednesday Evening. Siggys Restaurant

26820 Jefferson Ave.

Murrieta


Handouts and Pocket Constitutions will be available on site.


Also, last week, at the end of class, a young "new" communist spent a couple hours debating me.  I learned from the experience, and I will share with today's class those epiphanies.  

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

San Juan Capistrano Constitution Class: Monetary Education (FedEd)

 

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Special Guest instructor Alan Myers, Monetary Education (the heart beats of the Federal Reserve), Modules 1-5.


Tuesday, 6:00 pm, Bravos California Fresh at 31722 Rancho Viejo Road in San Juan Capistrano 

(in the white tent area at the edge of the parking lot next to the restaurant)

Online Mr. Constitution Class: Patriot Streetfighter; Intro to the Bill of Rights

 

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Constitution Class on YouTube,

Tuesdays, 3:00 pm Pacific


Today: Introduction to the Bill of Rights



LIVE and for watching later:

https://www.youtube.com/c/MrConstitutionClasses 

or you can go to...

http://www.mr-constitution.com

Authorities of the Federal Government

by Douglas V. Gibbs

Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host


I was asked, "I wonder, if the Founding Fathers were alive today, what they would think about what is going on in our country."

 

After he named a few issues, like health care, some of the social issues, and federal regulations regarding banking, environmental issues, and education, I responded, "They would ask, 'Why is the federal government involved in those issues in the first place?'"

 

The federal government was established to address external issues, and conflicts between the States, and nothing more.  Internal issues are supposed to be handled by the corresponding local government, be it the State, County or City (depending on the issue).  There is no constitutional authority expressly enumerated in the United States Constitution giving to the federal government the power to dictate to individuals regarding health care, to dictate to the States how they are to enforce immigration laws internally, to influence in any way the education standards used by individual communities or individual families, any regulatory power against private industries or any authority allowing the federal government to influence the job market in any way outside of the issuance of the currency. 


-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Monday, May 23, 2022

Chino Constitution Class: Article I, Section 9; Federal Legislative Prohibitions

 

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Chino Constitution Class

Monday Evening, 6:00 pm, 

Archibald's, 15421 Fairfield Ranch Rd in Chino Hills (right off Central and the 71 Freeway)


Article I, Section 9; Federal Legislative Prohibitions

My Family Has Been Sick, I Got Over It in 2 Days

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by Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

Why are the members of my family (wife, son, three grandchildren) sick now for over a week with a respiratory illness but I was over it in two days, and I am now fully functioning again?

Differences:

They wear masks often, I never have.

They have adopted the ritualistic overwashing of hands, I wash as needed (after toilet, prior to handling food, etc.).

They take no supplements.  I take supplements including B12, Magnesium, D3, Cinnamon, Ginger Root, Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Apple Cider Vinegar daily (and doubled D3, C, and Zinc when I began to have symptoms). 

They have specific places they go, only.  I mix up my interactions with people daily, doing more than going to a workplace or school, and then holing up in the house, as do my family members.  I am the one who goes to the grocery store, I teach six classes in four counties, I am the one who goes to the credit union, meets with people at restaurants and political events, and I am the one who shakes hands with various people.

The first and last on the list reveals that I allow my immune system to engage in constant combat.  It is put out there and I expose myself to various things due to the nature of my interactions with other people and the public in general.  Immune systems become stronger in combat, and weak when not used because of one locking down, refusing to interact, and hiding behind masks.

Just my opinion, of course, but I think the fact that I operate in a different way than the rest of my family contributed to me healthy response to the illness that has it our household.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

WHO Agreement and American Sovereignty

by Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

Discussions about the World Health Organization (WHO) power grab with an assist by President Joe Biden are filling every hall of every group I have visited.  People are pleading with me about it, how Biden and WHO are stealing American Sovereignty in the name of "emergency powers", and it seems like there isn't a darn thing anyone can do about it.

First, let's examine the particulars, then I will provide a constitutional angle that I think we need to hammer forth to the Citizens of the United States so that we can as a people stop the insanity.

The mandates and executive orders that have been turning our lives upside down for nearly three years are based on a legal concept known as "emergency powers".  According to the legal eagles, politicians, judges, and the people who are experts in the field of politics the use of "emergency powers" in times of emergencies are allowed and can be utilized by any executive political office (governors and the President of the United States, anyway).  In times of emergencies, explains the purveyors of emergency powers, the normal rules are suspended.  Your personal liberties are suspended.  The need for laws to be legislated is suspended.  The need for treaties to even be ratified is suspended.  The governors of the various States of the Union, and the President of the United States, have dictatorial powers to order anything they desire in the name of safety, security, and the common good because, if they don't utilize these "implied" powers, the emergency will disrupt the collective good of American Society.

To be honest, emergency powers do not exist in the U.S. Constitution -- anywhere.  The Founding Document does not have asterisks that say we have natural rights, unless an emergency appears.  There are no side notes calling for a suspension of our liberties in case of emergency.  Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution is there a "break glass in case of emergency" clause that allows a disruption of constitutional principles.

Therefore, no matter how much they tell you they can jab you because it's an emergency, they can demand you mask up because it's an emergency, they can keep you at home and close your church because there's an emergency (but don't worry, Wal-Mart and Costco will remain open as a necessary function) and they can sell out America's sovereignty to a global organization without permission from the Senate or We the People because there's an emergency, understand it is all a lie.

There are no asterisks in the U.S. Constitution.

Amendment 5: the federal government can deprive no person of their life, liberty or property without due process.

Amendment 14: No State may deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process.

Article 2, Section 2: The President, to make treaties, must do so with the "Advice and Consent of the Senate...provided two thirds of the Senators present concur."

The WHO Charter in question is being made into a contract, and the politicians are claiming because it is a contract, rather than a treaty, they can bypass the approval of the U.S. Senate.  President Barack Obama did the same smoke and mirrors act with the Iran Nuke Deal, calling it an "agreement" rather than a treaty in order to get it in place without senatorial approval.

These actions are unconstitutional, which means they are illegal.

President Biden, if this WHO agreement is put into place without the proper ratification by the U.S. Senate (and they know they don't have the votes) President Biden and all of those who participated with getting the WHO deal in place and giving away our sovereignty are guilty of insurrection against the U.S. Constitution, and treason against the United States of America.

And, because they control all of the mechanisms that would normally check against such actions, and because they are bypassing the one that might stop them (U.S. Senate), Biden and the hard left totalitarians of the Democrat Party (and any treasonous Republicans allowing it to happen) are guilty and should be arrested, removed from office, and if convicted of treason must be given the full penalty of law.

But, we know that won't happen.  The seizure of power by these traitors has been so severe that they seem to be above the law at this point.

This is where We the People are supposed to go into action.  Common Law Grand Juries and Petitions of a Redress of Grievances should be in play, and our Constitutional Sheriffs should be carrying them out.

We haven't, and we likely won't, take any action until it's too late.  We have become fat and happy, dependent upon the federal government for unconstitutional things, and we believe we don't have a voice.

We need a million man march on Washington DC, a million man march on our State Capitols, and a concerted uniform effort to bring these criminals to justice.

The only question now that remains is...how?

The militia is the key.  Not some good ol' boy militia in the mountains of some back-country zone, but the militias as defined by the Constitution, the militias as acted upon by the citizens of the United States in the early years of the country's existence.  There was no organized and unorganized militia back then, the two were one and the same.  The militia was the communities, meeting regularly, working with their county sheriff who they saw as their county leader, preparing to stand against anything unconstitutional, with firearms at the ready, if necessary.  Are we capable of that?  Are we capable of bringing back the community militia mentality so that we can hold our local, State and federal governments accountable?

We better be, or we will lose what little is left of our Constitutional Republic.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Courts Reveal Move Towards Enumeration Doctrine

by Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals told the Securities and Exchange Commission that they could no longer legislate from within, nor hold court within the agency.  Those charged have a right to a jury trial, said the court.

The move was based on the Enumeration Doctrine.  Nowhere in the Constitution of the United States does it expressly authorize any agency to handle legislative activities or judicial activities within the agency.  According to Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution, all legislative powers (the powers to make law, modify law, and repeal law) belongs to the legislative body of government, which, at the federal level, is the United States Congress.  One might argue that the legislatures gave the agency the authority to make rules and to hear any challenges or make rulings regarding rule-breaking.  However, in Article I, Section 1 the word used regarding the legal transfer of legislative powers from the States to Congress is "vested," which means the authority cannot be given away by the legislative branch.  As per the Separation of Powers doctrine, only the legislature can legislate, and they cannot legally hand those powers off to another branch of government.

The Enumeration Doctrine was also front and center regarding the recent "leak" regarding an abortion case involving the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, located in the City of Jackson.  The leak included Justice Samuel Alito's judicial opinion that seemed to suggest that the case would ultimately reverse 1973s Roe v. Wade, the case that is considered as being the one that "legalized abortion" throughout the United States.  The Democrats called the leak a dark day in the history of the United States.

The language in Alito's opinion basically says that Roe v. Wade was a mistake in the first place, not because of the moral implications or the religious arguments regarding the "landmark ruling", but because the Enumeration Doctrine didn't give the federal court system the authority to make the ruling in the first place.

"We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the document labeled the "Opinion of the Court" for the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. "It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives."

Could this mean that the courts, with these two recent decisions, as the Supreme Court and the lower courts are currently judicially populated, are on their way back to a more constitutional foundation?

The Enumeration Doctrine is the basis of the idea of "limited government".  Unlike national governments elsewhere in the world, the United States' Federal Government only has powers that are expressly enumerated in the Constitution.  Otherwise, a power may be authorized to the States, instead.  The concept of "localism" was central to the belief in having the Enumeration Doctrine, which means that local issues may only be legislated by local government.  The Federal Government was designed to handle only external issues, such as war and trade with other countries, or issues directly affecting the union such as dispute between the States, or communication between the States (i.e. Post Office); as indicated by James Madison in Federalist Paper #45 and as established by the Tenth Amendment.  Since "abortion" nor any health care or medical procedures are not expressly enumerated in the Constitution, whether it be the original seven articles, or any of the amendments, the federal government does not have the authority to legislate regarding abortion, much less allow the federal courts to rule on the issue.  "Reproductive" issues belong to the States, and they, individually, may make laws regarding the issue as they see fit.  While, as a strict constitutional constructionist, I would remind the States that unborn babies are "persons", and the Fourteenth Amendment specifically disallows any State to deprive any person of "life, liberty or property without due process," in the end just the fact that the Dobbs Case may prove to send the issue of abortion back to the States is a major win for the Enumeration Doctrine, the United States Constitution, and American Liberty in this modern age.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Friday, May 20, 2022

Constitution Radio: The New Communist

Constitution Radio with Douglas V. Gibbs



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Cleon Skousen wrote “The Naked Communist”.  In that book he listed the 45 goals to destroy the United States of America.

Today's communist claims they are not a part of the past communist movement.  They are not authoritarian, and they will even tell you that communists have never been in the U.S. political system and the Democrats are far from being communist.

I had a conversation with one of these "new communists" last Wednesday Night after my Constitution Class in Murrieta.  Let's talk about my debate with the young man, and lets talk about how on Jan. 10, 1963, Congressman Albert S. Herlong Jr. of Florida read Skousen's list of 45 Communist goals and had them entered into the Congressional Record.  

The List of 45:

1. U.S. should accept coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. should be willing to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war. [Note: These encapsulate the Kennan Doctrine, which advocated for the "containment" of communism. Establishment figures supporting the amoral containment policy at least implicitly worked with the communists in scaring the wits out of the American people concerning atomic war. President Ronald Reagan undid the doctrine when he took an aggressive stand against the Evil Empire by backing freedom fighters from around the world that were struggling against the left-wing communist jackboot. As a result, the Soviet Union and its satellites imploded, a considerable and unexpected setback to the international communist edifice.] 

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament by the U.S. would be a demonstration of "moral strength." [Note: The nuclear freeze advocates supported a freeze on American nuclear development only. Rarely were Soviet nukes or those of other nations mentioned in their self-righteous tirades. The same advocates now call for reducing American military might, claiming that there is something immoral about America preserving its military pre-eminence in the world.]

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war. [Note: Today, there are calls to end the embargo on the slave island of Cuba, there were complaints about the embargo against Iraq, and the U.S., not Saddam Hussein, was blamed for the suffering of the Iraqi people. Would they have advocated for free trade with Hitler and his National Socialist regime?]

5. Extend long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination. [Note: Such aid and trade over decades contributed greatly to the left-wing communist liquidation of over 100 million people worldwide, according to the well-documented "Black Book of Communism." This aid and trade marks a shameful chapter in American history. Without the aid and trade, the left-wing international communist behemoth would have imploded on its own rot a lot sooner and umpteen millions would have been saved from poverty, misery, starvation and death.]

7. Grant recognition of Red China and admission of Red China to the U.N. [Note: Not only did President Nixon fulfill this goal but he also betrayed America’s allies in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Iran, Afghanistan, Angola and elsewhere.]

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the Germany question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the U.S. has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. [Note: There are still American intellectuals, and elected members of Congress, who dream of an eventual one world government and who view the U.N., founded by communists such as Alger Hiss, the first secretary-general, as the instrument to bring this about. World government was also the dream of Adolf Hitler and J.V. Stalin. World government was the dream of Osama bin Laden and the 9/11 hijackers.]

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party. [Note: While the idea of banning any political party runs contrary to notions of American freedom and liberty, notions that are the exact opposite of those held by the left-wing communists themselves, nevertheless these goals sought to undermine the constitutional obligation of Congress to investigate subversion. The weakening of our government’s ability to conduct such investigations led to the attack of 9/11.]

13. Do away with loyalty oaths. [Note: It is entirely proper and appropriate for our government to expect employees, paid by the American taxpayer, to take an oath of loyalty.]

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the U.S. [Note: In his book, "Reagan’s War," Peter Schweizer demonstrates the astonishing degree to which communists and communist sympathizers have penetrated the Democratic Party. In his book, Schweizer writes about the presidential election of 1979.]

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions, by claiming their activities violate civil rights. [Note: This strategy goes back to the founding of the American Civil Liberties Union by Fabian Socialists Roger Baldwin and John Dewey and Communists William Z. Foster and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn among others.]

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations that are under Communist attack. [Note:The success of these goals, from a communist perspective, is obvious. Is there any doubt this is so?]

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV & motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all form of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings," substituting shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. " Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV. [Note: This is the Gramscian agenda of the "long march through the institutions" spelled out explicitly: gradual takeover of the "means of communication" and then using those vehicles to debauch the culture and weaken the will of the individual to resist.]

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural and healthy." [Note: Today those few who still have the courage to advocate public morality are denounced and viciously attacked. Most Americans are entirely unwitting regarding the motives behind this agenda.]

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a "religious crutch." [Note: This has been largely accomplished through the communist infiltration of the National Council of Churches, Conservative and Reform Judaism, and the Catholic seminaries.]

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state"

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American founding fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of "the big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over. [Note: Obliterating the American past, with its antecedents in principles of freedom, liberty and private ownership is a major goal of the communists then and now.]

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture – education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand or treat. [Note: The Soviets used to send "social misfits" and those deemed politically incorrect to massive mental institutions called gulags. The Red Chinese call them lao gai. Hitler called them concentration camps.]

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose communist goals. [Note: Psychiatry remains a bulwark of the communist agenda of fostering self-criticism and docility.]

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce. [Note: Done! The sovereign family is the single most powerful obstacle to authoritarian control.]

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents. [Note: Outcome-based education, values clarification or whatever they’re calling it this year.]

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special interest groups should rise up and make a "united force" to solve economic, political or social problems. [Note: This describes the dialectical fostering of group consciousness and conflict, which furthers the interests of authoritarianism.]

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally Reservation so the U.S. cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.

Surveillance Cameras in Temecula discussed at Constitution Association meeting

 


Thursday, May 19, 2022

Carlsbad Constitution Class: Legislative Prohibitions

 

Carlsbad
Health From Within Family Wellness Center
1818 Marron Rd., #103
Carlsbad, CA 92008
6:00 pm
Thursdays

For Zoom, www.1776foreverfree.com has the details.

Download and print lessons at http://www.douglasvgibbs.com/class-handouts

American Authoritarians

by Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

The American puzzle is a difficult one to solve.  The pieces do not seem to fit together properly.  The problem is so complicated that our younger generation, fresh out of various programming centers we call "public education", and heavily influenced by the opinions of various artists in the entertainment industry and talking heads in social media and mainstream media, have decided to check out of the whole "capitalism" thing and embrace what they believe to be a fairer system.  "Power to the workers," we can hear them say.  "Down with the one percent."

Echoing political theorist Isaiah Berlin, who wrote about our current dilemma in 1967, the twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings of American Society have determined that we have been "damaged by an elite, whether economic, political, or racial" and that the oppressors in this case are an "open enemy" that has put America in a position of needing a populist movement among the authentic "true people" who have been hurt by the oppressive enemy in America's damaged system.

Accusations have been flying around against the police, supporters of particular candidates or office holders, the wealthy, the politically powerful, or simply those who dare to stand behind the principles upon which this country was founded.  It's all a part of the oppressive faction that led us to this crossroads in history, I am told, and it must all be replaced by something different.

Resentment has taken hold, and it is driving a collectivist impulse around the world that seems to mirror a number of communist revolutions we have seen erupt around our globe over the last one hundred plus years.  Except, this is a little different.  The Communist Revolution going on in America is not a violent one, but an internal one that is driving its way up through our society inside the minds of the youth.

There is an "enemy of the people", said a young man to me, recently.  He arrived at Siggys Restaurant in Murrieta, California after the conclusion of a Constitution Class I was leading on a Wednesday Evening.  A friend, greeting the young man as he walked up, told me, "that's my nephew, and he's a hard left communist."

The young man, Demitri, agreed, "that is true, I am a communist."

"This is the guy," my friend said, motioning to me, "you need to talk to.  He's a constitutionalist, and he'll set you straight."

Typically, there is no "setting straight" of anybody that far gone down the socialist road of hive mind thinking, or at least not until they experience a revelation that shakes them awake enough that they are willing to listen, but I decided to take the bait.

As expected, the "debate" was not a debate, but a series of attempts by either side to explain themselves without any sentences having the luxury of being completed.  But, from what I gathered, Demitri's form of communism (according to the young man before me) has never been tried before, it's not authoritarian, capitalism and the one percent are the primary sources of our woes, and control of the means of production by the people through true democracy is the way to solve America's deadly brush with authoritarian capitalism.  When I brought up historical examples of the failure of communism, socialism, or any other animal that has claimed to reside in the "power to the people" spectrum, the response from my young debate-mate stated that none of them were "true communism".  The Soviet Union was a right wing authoritarian version that was never true to Marx's vision, and China is a "capitalism hybrid."

Any rebuttal I attempted to formulate and articulate was interrupted, and discounted as a typical response by a person like me who is a "slave to capitalism."

The part about his version of communism not being authoritarian intrigued me, so I tried to learn more about his ideas regarding that.  "Let's say you get your system," I began, "but someone disagrees.  Are they then jailed or disallowed from participating."

"No," he responded.  He complained about "what if-isms" that were basically to him nothing more than straw-man arguments, and then explained, "The people will vote, and if his ideas are voted down, they will not be followed."

"Yeah, okay," I said, "but what becomes of him, the guy who refuses to participate in your socialistic scheme of things?"

"He'll work, he'll take care of himself, and he'll be left alone."

That was not the response I got from a Los Angeles history professor a few years ago.  The educator's response was that the person would be "convinced to comply."

Then the conversation turned to the "inherent racism of America" and how the Constitution is a "racist document."  I responded pointing out the anti-slavery language of the original draft of the Declaration of Independence, and the assertion by Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who became a famous orator, that the Constitution was not a pro-slavery document.

Demitri disagreed.

I went on to explain how the 3/5s clause actually limited the power of the pro-slavery States in Congress, and Article I, Section 9, Clause 1 set up the opportunity for Congress to outlaw the importation of slaves via the Atlantic Slave Trade as of January 1, 1808; and while he had never heard anyone explain those clauses in such a way, he continued to reject the "Constitution is not a pro-slavery document" argument.

One of my students, a young Mexican girl named Mercedes, picked up on my earlier attempts to bait Demitri into admitting his version of socialism was authoritarian, no matter how much he argued it wasn't, and decided to play a little game with the young man.

As Demitri continued to call America racist, and as he argued that the United States was founded on racism, rather than Christian principles as I was arguing, Mercedes said, "what about me?  I think some blacks need to go back into slavery and chains."

Of course she doesn't really believe such a thing, and I know that, but Demitri took the bait and believed she truly was a raging racist who condoned enslaving a particular group of people due to their skin color.

"That's the problem with free speech," he proclaimed.  "That kind of thing needs to be illegal."

The gate suddenly opened, and my racehorse ran out of its box.

"But," I said, "I thought your socialism is not authoritarian."

He didn't understand my assertion.

"Freedom of speech is an important constitutional principle," I explained.  "Liberty means that political and religious thought may be verbalized, even if most folks thinks it may be wrong.  Those same principles allow you to verbalize anti-American, pro-communist utterances.  Should not the racist be allowed to say what they believe?"

"No," came the reply.  I expected a speech on "hate speech" and how "propaganda is not freedom of speech", but before he could launch into the predictable diatribe, I continued with my logical assault on his hard left programming.

"That's what freedom is.  Sure, with freedom comes responsibility, and one's rights must not interfere with another's rights, but freedom means that even if you are wrong in the eyes of others, you have the freedom to verbalize such.  It is not government's place to, through authoritarianism, silence those who are viewed as being wrong.  That's up to the culture.  If the person really is too far outside the accepted way of thinking, he will likely not do well in society.  Once word gets out he's a racist, for example, his business will probably not attract a lot of customers, or he may only attract a certain type of customer, or if he is simply a laborer in the work force finding employment may become difficult.  Or, maybe he'll do okay.  It's up to the culture.  When someone has an idea outside what government approves of in socialism, that person is put down with an authoritarian strike against him.  But, in a free market land of liberty, that person can be different, and have different ideas, and in that free system they will either reap the benefits, or suffer the consequences, of what they have put out there.  And that's okay.  No government interference.  It's up to the culture to sort that kind of thing out.  That's what liberty is all about."

The "deer in the headlights" look on Demitri's face told me that he was still unreachable.

In the end, I tried to explain to him that the way to fix our troubles as a country is not to toss what made this country great.  The fact is, what we have isn't even following the original principles, so I admit we have a problem.  "Often, in history and today," I told Demitri, "America has indeed been the bad guy, or done things that was not good.  As with an individual who grows wiser over the years by learning from our mistakes, a country can improve by learning from its own history.  Racism, for example, is actually something that is in the rearview mirror of history.  Sure, there are some people who are off-kilter.  That's the reality of human nature.  But, overall, our country is not what the new communists are making it out to be.  We likely agree on the one percent.  Like you, I am not fond of a powerful and wealthy elite pulling on the puppet strings of our political system.  But, the problem is not that those people are wealthy, or that private individuals own the means of production.  The problem is in their souls.  There is no sacred honor among them.  They collude with each other and that has contributed to our problems as a country."

We don't need to become a bunch of socialists, we need to return to being a godly country.

To solve the problem we don't need to get rid of a bunch of authoritarians who think they are capitalists and replace them with authoritarians who think they are socialists.  That's like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.  Rather than debating over who's a communist, who's a capitalist, and which one of them are the most corrupt or the most authoritarian, we need to simply do one thing; return to the original principles of the United States Constitution.  Liberty, and a truly "free" market (without the collusion we see between big money and big politics), is the key to restoring our American Exceptionalism.  We don't need "new communism," we need good old fashioned liberty that resides firmly on a foundation of a virtuous people who understands that our true freedoms come to us through natural law, which includes natural rights given to us by our Creator.  Anything else is simply just another version of American Authoritarianism.

I then offered to him that rather than us lock horns in debate, how about he simply start attending my Constitution Classes so that he can hear the other side of the story that he has not been hearing.  All I offer is the truth about what the Framers of the Constitution really meant.  Then, from there, armed with more than the programming delivered by the progressive left, you can make your own decisions, like Americans normally do in a System of True Liberty.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Beaumont Constitution Class: Necessary Laws, Atlantic Slave Trade

 

Marla's Cocina, 1310 E. 6th St.
10:00 am
Thursdays
Enumerated Powers (Necessary and Proper, Atlantic Slave Trade)

Murrieta Constitution Class, Lesson One: New Location @ Siggys

After nearly a year in Winchester, the Temecula Valley Region Constitution Class has returned to Murrieta. At our last class we completed the U.S. Constitution, so tonight we begin with Lesson One (click on this link to download pdf of Lesson One).


The time is 6:00 pm. If enough people who attend Our Watch at 412 Church make an appearance and request an earlier time, I am more than willing to bump it up to a 5:45 pm start time in the near future to enable those who go to 412 on Wednesday Nights to be punctual for the 7:00 pm start at the church.


Location of Tonight's Constitution Class:

Siggys Restaurant

26820 Jefferson Ave.

Murrieta


Handouts and Pocket Constitutions will be available on site.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

San Juan Capistrano Constitution Class: NEW LOCATION

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Due to various factors the San Juan Capistrano Class has moved...


Tuesday, 6:00 pm, Bravos California Fresh at 31722 Rancho Viejo Road in San Juan Capistrano 

(in the white tent area at the edge of the parking lot next to the restaurant)