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A Time For Choosing: Why we need the “Liberty Amendments” in 2016.

Christopher Harris

Way back on October 27, 1964, a former actor, and former spokesperson for the General Electric corporation, was chosen to give a speech during a pre-recorded television program called “Rendezvous with Destiny”. The speech, which was called “A Time For choosing”, or simply, “The Speech”, became one of the greatest speeches, and greatest articulations of Conservative principles ever recorded. That speech ended up not only raising $1 Million for the Presidential campaign of Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ), but it essentially also launched the political career of Ronald Reagan.

Reagan went on to become the 33rd Governor of California (1967-1975), and obviously he went on to become the 40th President of these United States (1981-1989). During his time as President, Reagan became known as “The Great Communicator”. Part of the reason he earned that name is shown during “The Speech”, when he said,

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

The more you listen to “The Speech”, the more prescient Ronald Reagan showed himself to be. At this point in our nations history, we have definitely reached the tipping point. We, who love the nation that was founded upon a Constitution which codified Natural Law, and protected Unalienable Rights, must take a stand, or we will certainly spend our “sunset years” telling our children and our children’s children, what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

A man known as “The Great One”, radio show host, Mark Levin, has proposed a road map and instruction manual, on how to protect our Liberties, and preserve our Constitutional Republic in his best selling book, “The Liberty Amendments”. I must say that from where I sit, if you say that you love Liberty, and you say that you love this nation, then you must agree that in 2016, absolutely no candidate can be tolerated who does not 100 percent support each and every one of these Amendments.

Lets take a quick look at a breakdown on each of the eleven Amendments:

Amendment 1: An Amendment to Establish Term Limits for Members of Congress – Limiting service in both the House & Senate to a combined total of 12 years.

Amendment 2: An Amendment to Restore the Senate – Repealing the 17th Amendment, so that The States are once again represented in Congress.

Amendment 3: An Amendment to Establish Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices and Super-Majority Legislative Override – Limiting service to one 12-year term, and granting both Congress and the State Legislatures the authority to overturn court decisions with the vote of three-fifths of both houses of Congress or State Legislative bodies.

Amendment 4: An Amendment to Limit Federal Spending – Basically a balanced budget Amendment. But most importantly, it caps Federal Spending to 17.5% of GDP. So for example, with our current GDP of approximately $17 Trillion, Federal Spending would be capped at $2.975 Trillion. But the Federal Government brought in $3.34 Trillion from taxes, and spent $3.90 Trillion in 2014.

Amendment 5: An Amendment to Limit Taxation – Limits personal income tax to 15% of income for every individual, while prohibiting all other forms of taxation.

Amendment 6: An Amendment to Limit the Federal Bureaucracy – Placing limits and sunset clauses on ALL Federal Regulations. Meanwhile, ALL Federal Agencies must face a stand-alone re-authorization vote every 3-years.

Amendment 7: An Amendment to Promote Free Enterprise – Clearly defining the “Commerce Clause” to restore the original intent, which means that the Federal Government DOES NOT have the Power to actively regulate and control ALL commerce and entrepreneurship, but specifically to prevent The States from impeding commerce between other States. The best way for the Government to “Promote Free Enterprise”, is to stop oppressing and suppressing it.

Amendment 8: An Amendment to Protect Private Property – Without the right to own private property, which absolutely excludes owning other human beings, then there is no reason to engage in commerce and trade.

Amendment 9: An Amendment to Grant the States Authority to Check Congress – Since it was The States that created Congress (not the other way around), this would allow the States to override Federal Statutes by a majority vote (+50%) in 2/3rds (33 votes) of the State Legislatures, instead of 3/4ths (38 votes) of them.

Amendment 10: An Amendment to Protect the Vote – Requires a State issued, photo ID to vote in all Federal Elections, and limits early voting. If the nation of India, with 814.5 Million eligible voters, can have 540 Million voters show up, WITH PHOTO ID…ALL ON THE SAME DAY…then there is absolutely no reason why America, a more advanced country, with only 206 Million eligible voters, cannot have all voters show up, WITH PHOTO ID…ALL ON THE SAME DAY.

Amendment 11: An Amendment to Grant the States Authority to Directly Amend the Constitution – Once again, since it was The States that actually created Congress (not the other way around), this would allow The States to bypass a tyrannical Federal Government and propose (and pass) Amendments with 2/3rds (instead of 3/4ths) of The States, and without convening a Constitutional Convention.

For some even greater historical context, let me share a little something from my second favorite American President, Calvin Coolidge (for the record, Reagan is 1a, and Coolidge is 1b), when he gave a speech on October 15, 1924, at the Unveiling of the Equestrian Statue of Bishop Francis Asbury, Washington, DC. He said,
“Our government rests upon religion. It is from that source that we derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberality, and for the rights of mankind. Unless the people believe in these principles they cannot believe in our government. There are only two main theories of government in our world. One rests on righteousness and the other on force. One appeals to reason, and the other appeals to the sword. One is exemplified in the republic, the other is represented by despotism.”

The things that Ronald Reagan spoke of in 1964, and the things that Mark Levin spoke of in “The Liberty Amendments”, are specifically for the purpose of preserving the principle of the sovereignty of man. They are for the purpose of protecting individual Liberty. Whether you believe in Christ or not, what you need to understand, is that our nations Founding Fathers understood that our Unalienable Rights came from our Creator.

So, please understand that those Founders and Framers sought to create a government for the people, by the people, and of the people, and not a government that owns and controls the people. After all, these men were all aware of what the Apostle, Paul of Tarsus, wrote in his epistle to the church at Galatia (modern Turkey), and no doubt it had a lot of influence on their thinking and writing. Paul said, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free,[a] and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1 NKJV). Folks, that’s why we need these Liberty Amendments…so that we won’t again be entangled with the yoke of bondage. If we lose freedom here in these United States…there is no were else to run.

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  1. Colin Rafferty

    Those amendments will make the country worse, not better. I could refute every one, but am sure you wouldn’t let me post such a long comment, so I’ll pick some:

    2. This removes power from the people, and gives it to the government. How does not being allowed to elect your Senators make us more free?
    4. Capping spending as percentage of GDP is an economic death sentence. It means that during a recession, when we are trying to get overall spending back up, the government is forced to reduce spending and make the recession worse.
    8. We already can own private property. What’s the point?
    10. Reducing the amount of time available to vote makes it harder to vote, which reduces liberty.

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