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“Another not unimportant consideration is that the powers of the general government will be, and indeed must be, principally employed upon external objects, such as war, peace, negotiations with foreign powers and foreign commerce. In its internal operations it can touch but few objects, except to introduce regulations beneficial to the commerce, intercourse and other relations, between the states, and to lay taxes for the common good. The powers of the states, on the other hand, extend to all objects, which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, and liberties, and property of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the state.”
–Joseph Story, associate justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
The relentless assault on the Constitution and we the people continues unabated. In case no one has noticed, the House of Representatives and the counterfeit U.S. Senate have become a lawless body of arrogant crooks and scoundrels dressed up in expensive suits. No matter how many petitions, phone calls, e-mails or faxes, this cabal of “the best money can buy” continue to introduce thousands of bills each session, administration after administration, and hundreds of them become new junk laws or laws that clearly are in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
We have another new piece of legislation that has already passed the House and is now waiting for the counterfeit Senate to vote on it. Despite the overwhelming opposition to S. 1145, the people will get slapped in the face again, because Congress has evolved into little more than a body of arrogant, bloody tyrants.
What’s wrong with S. 1145, the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2005? The same thing that is wrong with the Child Safety Act: Congress has no authority to legislate in these areas. Unlike the Child Safety Act, this time the unelected crafters of this bill know it wouldn’t withstand a constitutional challenge without somehow tying it into the Commerce Clause. The tricks of those who would destroy this constitutional republic have become more blatant as we the people just as forcefully are rejecting this communist agenda. S. 1145, the pending hate-crimes bill, says in part:
Congress makes the following findings:
— The incidence of violence motivated by the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability of the victim poses a serious national problem.
— State and local authorities are now and will continue to be responsible for prosecuting the overwhelming majority of violent crimes in the United States, including violent crimes motivated by bias. These authorities can carry out their responsibilities more effectively with greater Federal assistance.
— Existing Federal law is inadequate to address this problem.
— Such violence substantially affects interstate commerce in many ways, including?
(A) by impeding the movement of members of targeted groups and forcing such members to move across State lines to escape the incidence or risk of such violence; and
(B) by preventing members of targeted groups from purchasing goods and services, obtaining or sustaining employment, or participating in other commercial activity.
— Channels, facilities, and instrumentalities of interstate commerce are used to facilitate the commission of such violence.
— Such violence is committed using articles that have traveled in interstate commerce.
What bilge. As I have explained in past columns, this junk legislation once again attempts to give Congress jurisdiction where it has none. Under the U.S. Constitution, Congress has the power to make criminal only four types of conduct: treason, piracies and felonies on the high seas, counterfeiting, and offenses against the laws of nations.
The anti-American gun grabbers tried to use the commerce clause with the Brady bill. Thanks to the Herculean sacrifices of two very determined law enforcement officers in Printz, Sheriff/Coroner, Ravalli County, Montana v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted that junk “law” by stating that Congress overstepped its legislative authority. The same applies to Lopez v. United States in another gun case where the court stated, “The Act exceeds Congress’ Commerce Clause authority. First, although this Court has upheld a wide variety of congressional Acts regulating intrastate economic activity that substantially affected interstate commerce, the possession of a gun in a local school zone is in no sense an economic activity that might, through repetition elsewhere, have such a substantial effect on interstate commerce.”
The opposition to S. 1145 has been huge, but these pimps in the Senate who represent outside interests are going to pass this junk bill anyway. No one I know condones raw violence against another for any reason. The bottom line: S. 1145 is unconstitutional, and all the fancy language about the Commerce Clause doesn’t alter that fact.
The states of the Union must mount a challenge to the fraudulent ratification of the 17th Amendment and force a constitutional showdown. If they don’t, Congress will continue to stomp in their face until they become little more than messenger boys doing the bidding of an all powerful totalitarian central government. S. 1145 has nothing to do with “hate” crimes, but everything to do with the continued march of an all-powerful central government, crushing the rights of the 50 sovereign republics (states) and furthering the kind of Nazi mentality rampant in other countries.