Senator Mike Lee responds to the President’s executive actions on gun control

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in 2nd Amendment, National News, Utah State Headlines | 3 comments

Today, Senator Mike Lee made the following statement in response to the president’s announcement regarding new executive actions on gun control:

“It is unfortunate that the president is using the tragedy in Newtown to advance a set of proposals that would do little, if anything, to prevent these kinds of shocking events,” said Senator Lee. “Instead, his laundry list consists of demands that Congress limit the rights of law abiding citizens, executive orders that essentially affirm the status quo, and initiatives to increase federal interference into state and local law enforcement and educational institutions.

“Without specific legislative language, it is impossible to evaluate the potential consequences of the president’s proposals. But I am deeply concerned that the president’s approach is inconsistent with fundamental Second Amendment rights and encroaches on the authorities of state and local governments. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I look forward to this debate and am committed to ensuring that the rights of citizens are not infringed and public safety is not diminished.”

Instead of President Obama issuing the rumored 19 proposals on gun control, 23 executive actions where presented, one of them trumping the Amendment in the Affordable Healthcare Act that would have barred medical personal from recording the answers of patients when asked about guns. In fact the second action states “Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system”

You can read all 23 EA’s here: foxnewsinsider.com/2013/01/16/read-full-list-of-23-gun-violence-reduction-executive-actions/

And when you have finally calmed down enough to politely use the phone, I’d suggest a call to not only your Congressional reps in Washington, but to your Governor’s office and local sheriff’s departments, asking them to stand up for our Country and citizen’s unalienable rights!

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The Destruction of the Constitution One Amendment at a Time: Part 2

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in 2nd Amendment, Lisa's Personal Insights, National News | 0 comments

Continuing with the destruction of the Constitution, one Amendment at a time, I lay out a case that our government is destroying our rights as laid out in the first original 10 Amendments to the Bill of Rights. Starting back up with the 5th Amendment:

5th Amendment: No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Last year in the spring contention came about with the latest passing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). While the NDAA had been passed many times through the years providing the military with their funding, new add-ons to the law raised more than eyebrows. The right for the Congress to deem a citizen worthy of being detained for unspecified crimes, without an attorney, for an undetermined amount of time, for whatever reason they at the time decide is appropriate, is down right tyrannical. And in recent Executive orders, where the President can declare martial law, the part “in time of War or public danger” is now obsolete.

Double Jeopardy, seems, on the front, to be on the up and up, however a defendant cleared in a criminal case, can be tried in a civil case for various harms done. The O.J. Simpson case comes to mind.

This next part I am especially aware of. Pleading the 5th! The right to remain silent so as not to be a witness against oneself. Think of this: In the new Healthcare laws, when you visit the doctor’s office, one of the questions that they ask you know is: Are there any guns in the home? You have to be wise about this because if you say “yes” you could be subjected to higher premiums, due to safely issues, your information could and is shared with other government agencies, and you could be discriminated against. So I suggest pleading the 5th! Asking the question of my owning a gun, should in no way harm my right to live, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but answering in the affirmative sure affects my security and my wallet! Could the new laws in the NDAA warrant such an arrest? Possibly, but the real question should be are you willing to risk it?

6th Amendment: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

Certainly the NDAA affects this Amendment as well. “In all criminal prosecutions”… couldn’t be more clear that a citizen of the United States that is accused has a right to a speedy trial by an impartial jury. However with so many laws on the books, and last estimate of 170,000 pages of new regulations, plus Obamacare, who knows how many laws people break on a daily basis. These breaking of laws have caused the clogging up of our jails and courtrooms, ensuring a massive need for more judges. Judges who have come through an education system that no longer promote Constitutional law, but instead teach case law. So the right to a speedy trial has certainly been thrown out the window!

The allowance of the NDAA to be passed is abominable to say the least. It totally shreds the citizens’ right to know what he/she is being detained for, to face their accuser, to obtain counter witnesses, and have council! So while the right to have a speedy trial went out the window, the rest of the clause went down the drain with the rest of the bath water. And notice that this year, when President Obama signed the FY 2013 NDAA into law, he did not say that he would never use it against the people of these United States. He had only made that promise when he signed the FY 2012 NDAA into law. Although, those that have already been detained, surely have something to say to the contrary.

7th Amendment: In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Enter in eminent domain and Agenda 21! While the citizen in a criminal case should be hidden, the citizen in a civil case with the government is dragged through the mud until they are financially depleted in fighting to keep their business, homes, and property. Growth is a given and it is great to see in a community, as long as equal compensation is given to the private owner. However case after case, has shown that government whether it is State or Federal, have bullied their way into settlements, thereby limiting the citizen’s right to a trial. When brave citizens do dare to go up against Goliath and his mammoth take over in the name of a “sustainable development”, in more cases than not, the citizen is left with the few possessions he has, and forced to change his life style.

Agenda 21’s push for environmental laws is forcing citizens off their lands. Home businesses where family farmer’s markets are going under, due to laws that restrict selling of foods that “haven’t been regulated” and are not “FDA approved.” Starting this year a new law to help protect our food. “For the first time, FDA has a legislative mandate to require comprehensive, prevention-based controls across the food supply.” Cities and counties in the State of Utah have already asked citizens to register their gardens with the state, including information on what they are growing and how much. www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html

There is so much information on this that it is hard to limit the content. However just this little bit of information already shows how the 7th Amendment is clearly not an option for most Americans who are being taxed out of business and home, along with the theft of their property.

8th Amendment: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Does anyone being held in the county jail even know this Amendment exists? While I agree that for the most heinous crimes, bail should be revoked, I believe that the Courts have thoroughly usurped this Amendment, and prosecutors have allowed it! We all love watching the various courtroom scenes when the defense attorney supposedly over steps his bounds and the gavel comes out with a resounding “Order in the Court” only to be followed by a contempt of court, because the judge was personally offended! Man, if I could impose I fine for every time my feathers were roughed up, I’d be rich!

As for unusual punishments – could you imagine if our teens found out about this one?! Humor aside, the punishment does need to equal the crime, as that is what is traditionally equal justice!

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Senator Mike Lee is assigned to Armed Services Committee

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013 in National News, Utah State Headlines | 0 comments

Senator Mike Lee

Senator Mike Lee

For the 113th Congress, Senator Mike Lee was assigned to the Armed Services Committee. His added responsibilities will be a great benefit to Hill Air Force Base, and the Tooele Army Depot. With the postponed looming cuts to the Defense department, timing could not have been better!

Senator Lee had this to say about his appointment:

“I am pleased to continue the good work being done on the Judiciary, Energy and Natural Resources, and Joint Economic committees, and look forward to joining my new colleagues on the Armed Services Committee,” said Sen. Lee. “Utah maintains two important military installations in Hill Air Force Base and Tooele Army Depot, which are both critical to America’s defense. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I will make sure Utah has a seat at the table as the Pentagon continues to strengthen and modernize our national defense.”

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The Destruction of the Constitution One Amendment at a Time: Part 1

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in 2nd Amendment, Education, Lisa's Personal Insights, National News, Religion, Utah State Headlines | 0 comments

This new year’s day of 2013, we have to acknowledge what has been ushered in for this next year. What I am about lay out is not about doom and gloom, but about facing reality and planning and preparing with hope for the future, for we must not forget.

In 2012 we have lost and are in the middle of losing a majority of the original Bill of Rights. The original 10 were written to protect the right of the citizens, to bind Congress, the President and the Supreme Court to keeping guard of these rights. But the majority of the people have given up that responsibility, not because they wanted to but because they were taught to. It has taken generations, close to 100 years to do it, but by an ever defiant and unwavering movement of evil, we can see them slowly succeeding.

Starting with the 1st Amendment. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

In 2010 with the passing of the Affordable Health Care Act, businesses, private schools and hospitals are currently fighting the clause of having to provide contraception even if it violates their exercise of religious freedom. Hobby Lobby is currently facing $1 billion fine a day, because they refuse to pay for contraception based on a religious conviction. The Obama Administration came out three days ago saying that the 1st Amendment allows it (the Government) “to force Christians to directly violate their religious beliefs even on a matter that involves the life and death of innocent human beings… The Obama administration is making a two-fold argument for why it can force Christians to act against their faith in complying with the regulation it has issued under the Obamacare law that requires virtually all health care plans to cover, without co-pay, sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs…The first argument the administration makes against the owners of Hobby Lobby is that Americans lose their First Amendment right to freely exercise their religion when they form a corporation and engage in commerce. A person’s Christianity, the administration argues, cannot be carried out through activities he engages in through an incorporated business… The second argument the administration makes to justify forcing Christians to act against their faith is more sweeping. Here the administration argues it can force a person to act against his religion so long as the coercion is done under the authority of a law that is neutral and generally applicable—in other words, as long as the law was not written specifically to persecute Christians as Christians, the government can use that law to persecute Christians.” cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-administration-we-can-and-will-force-christians-act-against-their-faith

In regards to the freedom of speech: the press has willingly gone along with the destruction of this. The press was a safe guard for the people telling them of the possible corruption and laws that would be brought against them. But with individuals who are just as corrupt, willing to fight for the cause of tyranny, the whole truth has not been told. Truth mingled with lies was been the best way to confuse and exhaust the people of the facts, therefore leaving it up to the “experts”.; With the right to assemble, cities have been issuing permits to assemble, sometimes declining the permit. Except of course when it came to the Occupy Wall Street crowd. And let’s not forget the Executive Order that has outlawed assembling anywhere near the Secret Service, whether you know they are there or not. It used to be that the people could assemble outside the gates of the White House and the Supreme Court. Now they have to be across the street on the green, with permits only.; And forget about petitioning the Government, that’s just a nuisance to them and they swat it with the back of their hands like we are annoying flies! Senator Harry Reid from Nevada once said that he was grateful for the new visitor center for the Capitol to be open. The smell of tourists was just too much in the people’s Capitol. So let’s not pretend our grievances would be acknowledged.

2nd Amendment: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Too many shootings have taken place in America. Too many innocent lives have been stopped to soon. The call for gun control is taking away the right to keep and bear Arms. It is a Right not a privileged to protect ones’ self and family. It is a right to have as many different types of guns, as there are many different uses. With that right comes a profound responsibility, one that the majority of gun owners know about and are prepared for the consequences. The bad guys that carry could care less, about the laws or the consequences. But its not about protecting from the bad guys. The 2nd Amendment is for the people to be protected and rise up against a tyrannical force that is wanting to take away the rights of the people and enslave them. Stalin, Mussolini, General Mao, Hitler, all disarmed the people, with the help of the people thinking that only the military needed the guns. This later part of the year is no different. I am extremely worried with the NRA calling out for laws provided by the government to place guards in our schools. Haven’t we learned our lesson with the TSA? We have traded our freedoms for security, with the TSA becoming more powerful everyday! We have no defense for our children if they get groped for possible weapons, all in the name of security. Allow the teachers to learn to carry and shoot, but for freedom’s sake, don’t allow guards at our children’s schools, run by the government, especially!

3rd Amendment: No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

In an Executive Order signed this year, President Obama now has the right to declare martial law even in times of peace According to the executive order entitled National Defense Resources Preparedness, in section b) The Secretary of each agency delegated authority under subsection (a) of this section (resource departments) shall plan for and issue regulations to prioritize and allocate resources and establish standards and procedures by which the authority shall be used to promote the national defense, under both emergency and non-emergency conditions.” www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-order-national-defense-resources-preparedness The most effective way to do this is to implement gun control, and even pass guns laws to confiscate the guns. The first and easiest way to do this is to have the citizens voluntarily give up their weapons, exchange them for money, gift cards, etc. Many cities are doing this right now, costing tax payers millions in the short term and their freedoms in the long term.

4th Amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Last week, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was past and extend to 2017. Today, January 1st of 2013, the President signed it into law. First signed into law in 1978 that gave the government persmission to eavesdrop on foreign relations without a warrent, the 2008 version extended that power to U.S. citizens who spoke with anyone overseas either through phone calling, email, or any other form of communication. With the expatriation of this latest version, the new 2012/2013 version has been given more opportunities to spy on Americans within the U.S. boarders who don’t speak with those across the sea.

Senator Mike Lee of Utah was extremely concerned about this violation of the 4th Amendment and in fact introduced 3 amendments to the bill to ensure the privacy of American citizens.

“I worry that in seeking to achieve temporary safety, some of the authorities we have given the government under FISA may compromise essential rights and liberties. In particular, I am concerned about the government’s ability—without a warrant—to search through FISA materials for communications involving individual American citizens. I worry that this authority is inconsistent with and diminishes the essential constitutional right that each of us has “to be secure . . . against unreasonable searches and seizures.”

We don’t know the precise number of communications involving American citizens that the government collects, stores, and analyzes under Section 702 of FISA. Whether this number is large or small, I believe we must enforce meaningful protections for circumstances when the government searches through its database of captured communications looking for information on individual American citizens. Otherwise, by means of these so-called “backdoor” searches, the government may conduct significant warrantless surveillance on American persons. I believe this current practice is inconsistent with core Fourth Amendment privacy protections and must be reformed.” You can read all 3 of the Amendments and see Senator Lee introducing the amendments on the Senate floor here: www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/blog?ID=11f31a92-874a-4862-bf0a-10ebdc9bdb5c

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