[post by Dana] Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman is done waiting for the Justice Dept. to answer calls to prosecute Lois Lerner over the IRS scandal targeting conservative non-profit groups. As such, he has filed a resolution for her arrest: “Asking the Justice Department to prosecute Lois Lerner for admittedly illegal activity is a joke,” Stockman said. “The Obama administration will not prosecute the Obama administration. How much longer will the House allow itself to be mocked? It is up to this House to uphold the rule of law and hold accountable those who illegally targeted American citizens for simply having different ideas than the President.” Although infrequently used, Congress does have the power to arrest individuals held in contempt. Further: Stockman’s resolution accuses Lerner of “refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, thereby obstructing the Congress in the lawful exercise of its constitutionally mandated legislative powers,” calling her behavior “an insult to the dignity of the House of Representatives [and] an attack upon the integrity of its proceedings, [which] works violence upon the rights of the House collectively, and therefore implicates the long-recognized inherent power of the House to punish and commit for contempt, privileged under the Constitution.” –Dana
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Seeking The Arrest Of Lois Lerner
Another violation of the intent of the Constitution. Via IJR: The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to expand its jurisdiction over the nation’s waterways under the Clean Water Act to include ditches, small streams, ponds, and other purely local waterways. Nearly 204,000 comments have been received since the rule was proposed on April 21, 2014, […]
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EPA Drafting Rule To Claim Control Over Local Waterways, Such As Ditches, Ponds And Streams
There is a constitutional crisis in the land. The rulers are ignoring the written constitution, contend many, and are oppressing the people in a manner that deprives citizens of their long-held constitutional rights — rights that the citizens consider innate and God-given. And so, the people take the only action that seems to make any sense: they revolt. Violently. And today, we celebrate their revolution. This is Kevin Gutzman’s interesting take on the American Revolution: that it was actually a “constitutional crisis.” You can hear Gutzman offering the thesis here, on Tom Woods’s podcast: Gutzman is the best-selling author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution , which I have read and found excellent, as well as Who Killed the Constitution? , which he co-wrote with Tom Woods, and which I also found invaluable. Gutzman is teaching a new class on the American Revolution at Tom Woods’s Liberty Classroom. The class is called “The American Revolution, A Constitutional Conflict.” It is the newest class at Liberty Classroom, an adult education effort that concentrates on teaching people about liberty in areas of history, economics, and even logic. I’m a member. Gutzman is my second favorite lecturer at the site; only Woods himself is better. I have already downloaded and begun the American Revolution class and find it engaging and interesting, just as I expected. Woods is currently offering 50% off if you use coupon code “KEVIN” in all capital letters. If you join through this link , you’re helping me out. (Same goes for you, if you become a member and get your friends to join.) Check out their free stuff here . Even if you don’t join, it’s worth thinking about and discussing the concept of the American Revolution as a constitutional crisis precipitated by the actions of an out-of-control government — and what that means for us today. Remember: you owe your allegiance to American principles . . . not the corrupt American government that fails to enforce them. Happy 4th!
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A Constitutional Crisis, And the American Response
Newscom On a wide range of matters, including health care, energy, immigration, foreign policy, and education, says House speaker John Boehner, President Obama has ignored some statutes completely, selectively enforced others, and at times created laws of his own, thus failing to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” as Article II of the Constitution requires of a president.
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