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I have given thought to how to respond the President's State of the Union address last night. There was so much wrong with that I just can't comment. I can only say that this is the speech The President should have given last night.
"Madame Speaker, Vice President Biden, members of Congress, justices of the Supreme Court, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans, good evening:
Our Constitution declares that I shall from time to time give the Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend for their consideration such measures I shall judge necessary and expedient. It is this event that brings us together tonight.
The State of Union is grim and we, the Congress and I, all to blame for that. So starting now, things are going to change.
First, stop with the applause. Our nation is suffering and doesn't want hear your applause.
Secondly, sit down, listen and open your minds, as you are about to hear concepts never before made from this podium.
Third, let's get down to business.
I faxed the following message to several US Representatives and Senators, in my name, and in the name of others that agree.
Please let me know if you want me to send similar faxes to the some or all of the Representatives and Senators on your behalf. Join me in telling them to reject the Illegal, Un-Constitutional, Socialized, Abortion-Funding, Taxing-and-Arresting, End-of-Life-Counseling, Insurance- and Pharmaceutical-Company-Pleasing, Criminally Fraudulent "Health" Care Bill.
Body of Faxed Message
RE: REJECT Illegal, Un-Constitutional, Socialized "Health" Care!
You can Still Stop the Attempt to Force Socialized Health Care with Government-Mandated Health Insurance on American Men and Women and Businesses.
The Plans currently being Pushed by the Democratic Leadership on Behalf of Major Insurance and Pharmaceutical Companies would Impose Rationing through Un-Elected Committees; Force All Americans to Buy High-Priced, Low-Quality, Politically-Created Health Insurance; Establish "End-of-Life" Panels that Recommend Despair and Death; Create an Economically Unsustainable Government-Run Insurance Plan that Will Force Small, Private Companies out of Business; Use Taxpayer Funds to Insure Illegal Aliens; and Impose Economy-Crushing Taxes and Liberty-Killing Prison-Terms.
In Pursuing this Illegal, Un-Constitutional, Corporate-Monopoly-Building Bill, the Tactics for Obtaining Support for this Bill have been Secrecy, Back-Room Deals, Extortion, "Cash for Cloture," and Other Illegal Political Pay-Offs -- Exposing the Bald-Faced Lies that the Health-Care Debates would be Open and Transparent, and Ignoring the Polls showing that the Majority of Americans are OPPOSED to ANY Attempts to Impose Government-Controlled and Mandated Health-Care.
In Your Oath of Office, You Swore to Defend the Constitution Against All Enemies Foreign and Domestic, Including Those that Bribe Elected Officials for Their Own Interests.
I faxed the following instruction/admonition to several US Senators, in my name, and in the name of others that agree.
Please let me know if you want me to send similar faxes to the some or all of the senators on your behalf. Join me in telling Senators that a Traitorous Bill is not "Constitutional" just because a few officials tell Bald-Faced Lies that it is.
Body of Faxed Letter
You Can Still STOP the Un-Constitutional, Socialist, Insurance-Company-Serving, Care-Rationing, End-of-Life-Counseling, Un-Affordable Health Care Bill.
An Un-Constitutional Bill that Attempts to Impose Mandatory Personal Choices with Heavy Taxes and Punitive Fines and Prison Terms Outside the Limited Federal Powers Defined in the Constitution Does Not Become “Constitutional” simply because Bald-Faced Liars Say So.
Whoever makes or offers to make an expenditure to any person, either to vote or withhold his vote, or to vote for or against any candidate; and
Whoever solicits, accepts, or receives any such expenditure in consideration of his vote or the withholding of his vote:
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
The time for fence sitting is past. You are either in favor of minimal government and maximum personal freedom, or not. You are either ready to stop giving away half of your earnings, or not. You are either ready to stand up and be counted, or not. The time to vote for your liberty is now. It is time to vote your wallet.
Joe Bellis for United States Senate from Kansas
WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT: - that all men are created by the Lord God; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundations of such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient cause; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
My name is Joe Bellis; I am a 32 year resident of the state of Kansas. I have been interested in politics since I was a teenager. My journey through the political spectrum has been guided by the insight of many great leaders. I have taken the conviction of Goldwater, the candor of Truman and the values of Reagan to develop a political philosophy that is unique in today's political landscape.
I have come to the understanding that our current two-party system is broken. The candidates for both of the parties lie through their teeth and promise anything they can to get elected (or re-elected). Once the election is over, business as usual is the theme. They represent only their own interests.
Please join us for the 2008 State Convention and Candidate Nominating Caucus of the Reform Party of Kansas!
On Wednesday, July 11, 2007 the House passed HR.2900 without allowing the Ron Paul (R-TX) amendments to protect dietary supplements. Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), John Dingell (D-MI), Henry Waxman (D-CA), and others falsely proclaimed that they were doing America a favor by passing this sweeping FDA-supported legislation that grants the rouge agency more power and money, and even transforms it into a quasi drug company.
Both the House and Senate (S.1082) have made the fatally flawed assumption that the reason for so many deaths and injuries from drugs was due to the FDA's lack of resources. In reality, it is the INTENTION of FDA management that is the problem, combined with the simple fact that multiple drugs are extremely toxic and don't work as advertised. Giving the FDA more power and money will only cause the agency to speed more drugs onto the market faster with even less safety testing -- while abusing its power and actively stamping out competition to drugs.
On July 11, 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 2900, blocking debate on the law and preventing the introduction of any amendments that might have provided meaningful drug safety protections for consumers. This action demonstrates that the House of Representatives, much like the Senate, is utterly controlled by Big Pharma and has abandoned any responsibility to defend the interests of the voters. Drug companies now have complete control over the U.S. Congress, and through a campaign of intense lobbying and financial influence, they have managed to easily water down a law that once proposed to end the American monopoly on pharmaceuticals and ban advertising on new drugs.
Instead of placing new restrictions on Big Pharma and the increasingly dangerous power of the FDA, this new law (a combination of HR.2900 and S.1082, when it is hammered out in conference) grants more power to the FDA while deepening the financial ties between the agency and drug companies. The law effectively surrenders America to a system of medical tyranny under which a criminally-operated FDA will continue to promote pharmaceuticals, censor nutritional education and discredit alternatives that threaten drug company profits. Nothing in the new law protects consumers' access to dietary supplements or natural medicine.
Congress had the potential to pass a really good law here -- one that would have ended direct-to-consumer advertising, banned conflicts of interest at the FDA, required the open source publication of drug trials and ended the U.S. monopoly on pharmaceuticals. Instead, Congress chose to do none of these things. It staged a song and dance about "FDA reform" while selling out the future of America's health to a tiny but powerful group of ultra-wealthy corporations that now virtually rule this country. There is nothing in the new law worth celebrating unless, of course, you are the CEO or major shareholder of a Big Pharma corporation, in which case you will like be stunned at just how cheaply and easily U.S. lawmakers can be bought.
On the anniversary of our declaring our own independence from the British, it is certainly appropriate that we reflect on the nature and spirit of independent nationhood. While our founding fathers were individual men in a historically unique situation, they posited that the principles upon which they rested our national independence were timeless.
Full article here: http://www.house.gov/paul/tst/tst2007/tst070207.htm
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