Because there does not exist an amendment within our U.S. Constitution to exempt private business from Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, i.e., “unless you are a private business,” We the People, comprising private and public business are commanded to obey the 1st. Amendment.
In my opinion, three main gears operating the money machine of law, i.e., judges, lawyers, and politicians, over the years have changed the narrative to interpret our Constitution as aimed at restricting only government. These liars to their oath of office, both past and present have not sworn to “interpret” anything; they swear to uphold the law. The word, interpret is found nowhere in our Constitution.
I am cognizant there are commonsense restrictions placed on speech, and the press, but without an amendment, these restrictions are unconstitutional. It is more expedient to enact legislation rather than proceed according to our most powerful document, but expedience is something else our Constitution was created to prevent.
For some, political meddling is orgasmic. Whether local politicians or a busybody neighbor, when their lives have not yielded sufficient reward, they tend to pick self-satisfying measures over liberty for all.
In my area of Lebanon, Tennessee, just east of Nashville, a hot topic issue is whether to limit the number of liquor stores, in the same ratio to population manner as a neighboring bedroom community.
A prior front-page conundrum was whether to allow new residential buildings to feature a garage door in the front or back, as weighed by meddling “mommy will protect you” buttinskis.
My two cents: In our constitutional free enterprise system, if rules and regulations regarding (real not imagined) safety as well as common sense guidance for developing minors are observed, find something productive, not relieving to do.
July 7, 2021: Have I got this right......State of Tennessee giving tax dollars away to cover tourist flights to four of the state's major cities.
In other words, state government first eviscerated sales tax revenue with selected "pandemic" lockdowns, and now wants to spend tax revenue purchasing airline tickets for tourists who normally purchase airline tickets on their own; why not throw in 100 gallons of gasoline and a rental car!?! Juxtapose this with the decades of "property tax abatements" to PRIVATE & public corporations as an enticement to build here, and one can see a pattern of Tennessee government's mismanagement of money that doesn't belong to them.....a very old and ongoing story.
Add to this, current Governor Bill Lee and his tourism division kept this intent and action from the state legislature, and from tax payers, and voters may wonder if their is an odor permeating the shadows inside the Capitol Building. Government excuse-makers claim it's just marketing the state....okay, then why the clandestine nature of the action?
In 2020, the government, Tennessee insofar as this entry is concerned, shut down select businesses, and initiated restrictions on citizens that devastated our state economy, all in the name of what amounts to protecting us against ourselves.
New medical-scientific evidence reveal shutdowns and restrictions should have (instead) been aimed at mitigating the Wuhan-China-Covid-19 infections for the most vulnerable of citizens, i.e. the morbidly sick and elderly, and not the general populace....hello "natural-herd-immunity" we humans have enjoyed since Adam & Eve started using fig leaves as fashion.
Our U.S. Constitution inoculates against emotional kneejerk government over-reaction, but works only when officials honor their oath of office to uphold it, to wit:
Article I, Section 8, Clause 3:
[The Congress shall have Power . . . ] To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes; . . .which means, state and local governments and (other) officials had no power nor right to restrict businesses; only the passage of an amendment to give locals the authority is Constitutional.
At the onset of the "virus stampede," Congress slithered out of town before addressing whether or not to restrict businesses; remember this when next you vote!
Speaking of local government chicanery:
In 2020, and during the last several months of 2021, a group of Nashville, Tennessee taxpayers, via a referendum initiative, have been taking steps to reign in tax dollar mismanagement by local government.
July 8 update: Nashville-Metro government to taxpayers…if you tell us what to do, we will financially hurt you…. even more!
Has Nashville become Nash-vile? Nashville-Metro government is assessing a $6,000.00 fine on a group led by taxpayers for initiating a legal referendum against Metro-Nashville government. The group’s effort was to curtail Nashville-Metro government’s mismanagement of tax dollars, which the taxpayers…pay!
Have you got that?
Here is more: a succession of two Nashville-Metro judges dismissed the previous and current efforts by the group, on “technicalities,” thus neutering the taxpayers’ efforts, via referendum, to curtail Nashville-Metro government from mismanaging tax dollars, and (their) arbitrarily raising of tax rates.
If your representatives in local-county-state government have not publicly voiced opposition to this blatant malfeasance by Nashville-Metro government…. stop electing these tax dollar siphons, who are too timid or collusive to represent our best interests.
Readers, don’t you dare get angry in thinking you/we are powerless in flushing these liars to their oath of office to uphold the law(s), out of positions of power; your vote is the ultimate weapon…. stop electing these liars, who then allow departmental and judicial dishonesty to run rampant.
While petulant local wags spew invectives toward city politicians and bureaucrats, concerning the 92 years and counting flooding problem, all of them are either ignoring my flooding remedy which I released July 2020, during my campaign for mayor, and/or refuse to acknowledge the absolute remedy on this website; see Flooding Remedy" page.
In addition, I not only sent my plan to the new Mayor of Lebanon, but to the local newspaper and the commissioner of public works in my response to their article quoting the commissioner as stating "no credible solution has been forthcoming."
Some of the sillier suggestions from locals and bureaucrats is to buy up and tear down existing buildings around the square and city area homes regularly inundated by flood waters. At present a new "warning system" is in place to tell people when flood waters are rising; their ankles will let them know!
City government....stop gasping for air and take a look at my plan, including ways to pay for it, which doesn't necessarily have to be (by) raising tax rates.
If you will take a few minutes to review my idea, I believe you'll find it very credible, albeit bold.
Whether you consider yourself a liberal, conservative, libertarian, or any other identifying label, the rise of censorship, shaming, “word policing,” political correctness shackles, and unconstitutional voting regulations enacted by non-legislative vote manipulators is entirely expected. The “win by any miens” ugliness reached a crescendo during the last presidential election cycle. The cancer of Marxism, and Marxist American history revisionists, along with power hungry bureaucrats in all political parties is more exposed now than ever before. Vote-buying masquerading as continued Covid relief “investment” as well as money thrown at parents monthly has become the new epidemic; as of this writing, inflation is growing as a result.
When the late Rush Limbaugh began to amass his impressive number of radio listeners in the early 1980’s, the ensuing personal and professional derision from his enemies both fueled and enflamed the rise of conservative talk radio and saved the AM-radio frequency band. One might argue that Ronald Reagan was the primer in 1964 when he gave his speech, A Time for Choosing, touching off the modern conservative movement. Indeed, Reagan seemed the first “in your face” proponent against the (then) growing anti-establishment crowd, but Limbaugh terrified the opposition as his radio program went national, and his audience grew exponentially. I began paying close attention as the personal invectives against Limbaugh’s weight, instead of the content of his core message, grew. The ensuing explosive number of conservative talk radio and television hosts eager for a piece of the pie, added to the information flow and precipitated the Fox News channel, News Max, et al.
The Internet has become what I call, the Great Equalizer in terms of allowing a freer flow of information from professionals and amateurs, which explains the panic from longtime/old-time dominant news sources, and social media (executive) serpents.
Now that we are into the second half of 2021, two months from the traditional “Day after Labor Day” kick-off of the mid-term elections, the preemptive “get Trump at any cost” news venom and other media toxins boiling with everything damning is in overdrive. No matter which side of the political spectrum you are on, each side is showing their “inner selves,” outwardly.
My allegiance is to our U.S. Constitution, and not to any political party. The ONLY way We the People can begin to reverse the many ills in our government is to demand adherence to the Constitution, and stop electing "Liars to their Oath of Office"
Don't be fooled by all the blathering, whining, crying, and moaning surrounding election laws enacted by state legislatures. My page on "Know Your Constitution" under the paragraph, Post Election 2020 explains how our U.S. Constitution reserves to state legislatures the right to enact election laws.
Many cite the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in their protestations without acknowledging the Constitution is the ultimate set of laws in our United States of America, and until an amendment is passed superseding Article 1, Section 4 of the Constitution, State Legislatures have the sole right to enact election laws.
Juneteenth is the wrong day to celebrate the end of slavery
By a vote of 30-1 in the House, with unanimous support in the Senate, Juneteenth, June 19, which commemorates the day in 1865 when news of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas, has been declared a federal holiday; it is to be called Juneteenth Independence Day.
But, the Emancipation Proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." Yes, you read it correctly, slaves held in the rebellious-SOUTHERN states were freed!
Further, it was not until the 13th Amendment to our U.S. Constitution was ratified by Congress on December 6th, 1865, which read: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction” slavery was abolished.
Regarding honest history, should not the day commemorating the freeing of ALL slaves be December 6th?
(timeline source: archives.gov)
The following isn't corruption, but can the action be deemed as, stabbing taxpayers in the back?
By Anita Wadhwani, Tennessee Lookout
June 9, 2021
Two weeks after the formal close of the Tennessee legislative season, a committee of lawmakers agreed to give the state's petroleum companies a big break.
The Joint Government Operations Committee approved new rules that shift the financial burden of cleaning up toxic spills at gas stations and truck stops from business owners to taxpayers for the next five years.
The new rules will save Pilot Flying J, Chevron, Exxon and other companies, large and small, $2 million each year by eliminating environmental fees, while taxpayers will remain on the hook for roughly $14 million annually through a four-tenths-of-a-cent, per-gallon gas tax. The fees and gas tax, for decades, have been earmarked for a state fund used to pay for the clean-up of toxic spills from company-owned underground storage tanks used for petroleum
Contact these Committee members, and remember their names when next you vote......
Here is the full story link: State Lawmakers Cut Big Oil A Big Break | Across Tennessee, TN Patch
At the onset of the Wuhan-Communist-Covid-19 virus situation, during discussions of the pandemic, I wondered if the Communist Chinese had started biological warfare. According to the story link below, Chinese documents (year 2015) reveal instructions on just such a scenario!
This will make you sick!
Legal Peaceful Protest
Course of Action by John DeMoor
Make sure your protest is anchored within the U.S. Constitution, against the unlawful act(s) of those swearing an oath to uphold it; this should be the linchpin of your argument.
Authority to Act or Not
Some claim state's rights: 10th Amendment ~the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
However, Article 1, section 8, clause 3 of the Constitution states, Congress shall regulate commerce, which in the case of the Covid-19 virus panic, it did not do, yet retains the authority. In addition, because of the 14th Amendment, equal treatment in the laws, congress would only have the power to shut down all businesses or none.
Businesses: State & Local officials have no constitutional authority to close or restrict businesses, nor order businesses to regulate actions by customers.
Masks: The constitution does not mention whether or not the states may order certain garments be worn during a state of emergency, and therefore, under the 10th Amendment, states can mandate safety precautions.
However, under the 14th Amendment-equal treatment in the laws, state and local authorities would have to mandate everyone wear a mask, at all times, or the action is unconstitutional.
In the Constitution, we are bound by "Due Process" procedures. Sometimes, when “liars to their oath of office” want to ignore the U.S. Constitution, they will offer excuses and procedural delays, instead of honoring their oath; these are the ones who should be removed from office, or certainly not reelected.
Side Note: The word, interpret is found nowhere in the U.S. Constitution. Judges and attorneys swear an oath to uphold the law, not interpret it! An opinion by a judge or attorney is not law; only the legislature can make a law.
Candidate for Mayor of Lebanon, TN
(see Home page-tab, on this website)
August 28, 2020
TO: The Editor/The Tennessean
The Virus Noose Gets Tighter
The State of Tennessee is being sued because our Governor Bill Lee authorized certain counties to issue orders allegedly curbing the "Wuhan, China-Corona-Covid-19" pandemic. According to an Associated Press article by Jonathan Mattise, the governor is relying on an opinion by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery, and testimony from two prominent legal experts, on his emergency powers, as granted by the Tennessee Legislature of yore. Opinion is not law.
The attorney general, and other legal experts argue the governor is covered by state statute, and the Tennessee Constitution. Having studied U.S. and State of Tennessee Constitutional law for some time, I can assert Tennessee politicians, officials, and bureaucrats are, yet again, ignoring their oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
Article 1, section 8 of the U.S. Constitution specifically reserves to congress, the regulation of commerce. And (1803) Marbury v. Madison set the precedent, and I paraphrase, anything challenging the authority of our U.S. Constitution is null and void. If the lawsuit focused on our U.S. Constitution (supreme set of laws) instead of local legislative fiat, other states inflicted by power hungry politicians will see their appetites curbed as well.
I can make these legal observations because I’m not part of the “machine,” and therefore cannot be ostracized by its mechanics.
Tax payer dollars & B.S. Budgets
Bids accepted are not bids fulfilled, insofar as the accepted cost of a project or lack of transparency and justification for "cost overruns." During my 2020 campaign for mayor, I pointed out how comfortable then council member, and now Mayor Rick Bell was with an accepted $80,475.00 higher bid for a city project, when the official City Charter demands the lowest and best bid.
During a February 2021 City Council meeting, a council member broached the uncomfortable subject of cost overruns, in this case, a 60% difference on the updating of the former Lebanon Police station, to be converted for use by the Public Works department. The remaining council members and Mayor Bell offered no supporting challenges in concert with the lone council member questioning the frequency of project cost overruns.
NOTE: A cost overrun exceeding $1,100,000.00 was reported for the new Lebanon Police Department Building, completed in July 2020, during the Mayor Bernie Ash administration.
DeMoor Solution: During the bidding process, I propose only itemized bids, including material description and costs with notations (of) whether bidder has contracted price commitments from their suppliers, including cost expiration date(s). Copies of supplier contract agreements with contractor detailing material costs and deadline must be included with accepted bids.
No “built-in” cost overrun allowances. The number of crew members needed to complete the project, along with labor hours projected*
*If it becomes necessary to create estimated hours and number of crew members needed to complete designated tasks, then a reasonable estimate of the aforementioned, together with input from industry professionals may be in order, as a miens of uniform bidding components, going forward.
Every design “change order” and budget amendments must be accompanied by a detailed explanation from the architect, under penalty of breach of contract.
*I continue to fight the blatant disregard for the city charter, Lebanon city government continues to have. See my battle page designated: City Property Violations
More U.S. Constitution, Less Whining.
As a nation, I lament we pay too much attention to whiners and complainers, and not enough attention to our U.S. Constitution. With every argument, if we immediately ponder whether the subject at hand is or is not within the Constitution, such as, is this free speech, freedom of the press, freedom to own weapons, etc., I dare say a great portion of arguing would become useless, if outside the Constitution, except to those wanting to control the ignorant to do their bidding. Oh, wait, did I just identify the problem?
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