The News Over the Last Week Was Anything But Dull

It is abundantly clear to me that anything whatsoever related to our right to keep and bear arms is none of the Federal Government’s business. Let’s make sure we let them know that.

The News Over the Last Week Was Anything But Dull
By J. Allen Tharp

By J. Allen Tharp

The news over the last week was anything but dull, with so much  going on in Congress, the Supreme Court, the Federal Courts, and even internationally.

SCOTUS decisions…

In a 4/4 tie the Supreme Court upheld the rule of law and the United States v. Texas decision to block Obama’s unconstitutional actions to grant deferred action on deportation to parents of children legalized by his previous illegal Executive immigration order that circumvented Congress.

In another case, unfortunately Justice Kennedy joined the liberal justices on the Supreme Court and the Court ruled 4/3 against racial equality and for the University of Texas in an affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas. Abigail Fisher, a white student, was passed over for another less qualified black student with lower grades because of race. Essentially the Court’s decision to uphold unequal treatment under the laws means that racism in the form of using racial quotas is okay, as long as it is against Anglos. Race can trump qualifications. The ideals of a color-blind America are replaced with political correctness, and the practice of discrimination against Anglos has been upheld by the Supreme Court.

This week, in a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion on the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Again Justice Kennedy sided with the four liberal Justices on the Supreme Court and the Court struck down two key provisions of a Texas law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles and also requiring the clinic buildings to possess hospital-grade facilities. Whatever your opinion may be on abortion, both of these requirements under Texas law seem like reasonable safeguards to protect Texas women’s health. What is not reasonable is for the Federal Government to once again trample on states’ rights and impose their will over the will of the people in Texas or any other state.

A federal court in Wyoming…

gave us a significant victory for the rule of law on June 21st and affirmed a basic constitutional concept: that the executive branch must comply with laws passed by Congress. Federal judge Scott Skavdahl, appointed by President Obama in 2011 ruled that the Department of Interior’s attempted regulation of hydraulic fracturing was illegal. The judge correctly noted that the Energy Policy Act of 2005, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush, specifically removed hydraulic fracturing from federal jurisdiction.

House bill to end federal agency slush funds…

Recently, Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) introduced H.R. 5499, the Agency Accountability Act. This focused legislation will reign in federal bureaucrats and stop the practice of using fees from taxpayers to fund programs their representatives have not authorized. Congress provides funds to federal agencies to carry out specified activities through the appropriations process. However, too often these agencies engage in activities that Congress has not authorized and pays for them via fines and fees collected.

Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution is clear on the spending power of Congress. It is given the sole authority “To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises…” This power of the purse is a function held exclusively by the legislative branch. Americans should be concerned when Congress abdicates its powers and allows unaccountable and unelectable bureaucrats to fund programs Congress has not authorized.

Tell your Congressman to support H.R.5499 because you want to stop the practice of unelected bureaucrats doing an end run around Congress and subverting the will of the people. Let them know we want to restore the oversight function of Congress and send the fees garnered by federal agencies directly to the Treasury instead of allowing those funds to be used indiscriminately.

On the international front…

in the BREXIT, the UK voted 52/48 to leave the EU.  This was a vote for national sovereignty and against larger government and globalization.

Renewed attacks on the 2nd Amendment…

As usual, Liberals used the Orlando tragedy as theater to try to eradicate the 2nd amendment, as if their moronic and juvenile “sit in” on the floor of the House and their “hey hey, ho ho” chants  could really alter our Constitution and strike a Constitutional amendment that has been duly passed and ratified by the requisite number of states. Obviously they could sit on the floor of the House until hell freezes over, and it would not change one thing in the Constitution. The only way they can get rid of the 2ndamendment is to go through the process spelled out in Article V of our Constitution: propose a Constitutional amendment, get it passed by at least a 2/3 majority vote  in both the House and the Senate, and get it ratified by 38 states.

Yeah right. Obviously, that is not about to happen in our lifetimes. Republicans control both State Houses in 31 states and one house in 7 states, thus leaving only 12 states under Democrat control. Additionally, Republicans have the majorities in both the US House and Senate. And then there are the millions of Americans (three out of four) who believe the 2nd amendment ensures Americans have the Constitutional right to own guns. The remaining 25 percent still believe we never landed on the moon and that ghosts are real.

So the “occupy” Congress group were either too ignorant to realize that they cannot summarily strip a Constitutionally guaranteed right from American citizens, or they were simply using the Orlando shooting as a fund raising and public relations move. Either way, liberals have been working full time to change the narrative on the Orlando shooting from the real cause of the violence, Islamic terrorism, to their fictional cause, the need for federal control over law-abiding American gun owners. With the help of an always complicit media, they have been able to shift the conversation and focus enough that even some Republicans are joining in to the discussion to “Put the 2nd amendment on the table.” Ben Carson incredibly used those exact words, and RINOs Susan Collins and Kelly Ayotte think they have a way that Congress could just infringe a little on the right to keep and bear arms.

The Senate voted on four gun control amendments to the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2017. All were political show votes subject to a 60-vote threshold and failed.

  • The first, sponsored by Grassley, would have called for research on the causes of mass shootings and increased funding for the background check system, although it would not have expanded the types of gun sales that require them.
  • The second, sponsored by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., would have expanded background check requirements to include private sales and sales over the Internet.
  • The third, sponsored by Sen. Cornyn, would allow federal law enforcement officials to delay gun sales to suspected terrorists, including those on watch and no-fly lists, for three days and then halt the sales, but only after proving probable cause before a judge.
  • The fourth, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would have allowed the attorney general to halt sales to suspected terrorists and allow individuals to appeal to the Department of Justice if they are denied a firearm, with no due process afforded.

Later last week Republican Susan Collins and Democrat Heidi Heitkkamp pushed a bill they called the Terrorists Firearms Prevention Act again trying to use the No-Fly list to prevent anyone on the list from purchasing firearms.  McConnell had tabled this bill, but then it survived a procedural vote last Thursday by 52 for and 46 against. So that proposal unbelievably garnered enough votes to keep it from being tabled indefinitely. We need to be on the watch for this and let our senators know we vehemently oppose it.

No one wants terrorists to have access to guns, explosives, airplanes, etc. But taking away rights from American citizens without due process is unacceptable and unconstitutional. We do not know what criteria the government uses to place people on a no-fly list. We do not know who is on the list. We do not know how one would petition to get off the list, if erroneously placed on it. So any suggestion that being on such a no-fly list could permit the Federal Government to strip Constitutional rights away from American citizens without due process is dangerous and absurd.

This focus on our right to keep and bear arms by a Congress explicitly prohibited from infringing on those rights is a colossal assault on our Constitutional Republic. Yet they persist in ignoring the 2nd, 5th, and 14th amendments as they strive to deprive Americans of gun rights and due process rights.

  • The 2nd amendment says, “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”
  • The 5th amendment says, “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”
  • The 14th amendment says, No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

It is abundantly clear to me that anything whatsoever related to our right to keep and bear arms is none of the Federal Government’s business. Let’s make sure we let them know that.

Allen Tharp is President of the San Antonio Tea Party.

 

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One Response to "The News Over the Last Week Was Anything But Dull"

  1. Mary Jones  June 29, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Dear Allen:
    I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your articles in the newsletter.
    They are always very informative. Most subjects have so many viewpoints shoved at us that we don’t know what to believe.

    Thank you again!
    Mary Jones

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