Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Both Barrels

Tammy at Education Conversation came back from a week with no posts with both barrels loaded. She has some strongly worded thoughts about the State education of Christian children that is worth reading and pondering if you are brave enough.

Meanwhile, Montana has gotten out its word pistol by joining six or so other States with sovereignty bills. Here are some of the interesting (to me anyway) parts.

8 (4) That the federal Constitution and Bill of Rights delegated to Congress a power to punish treason,
9 counterfeiting of the securities and current coin of the United States, piracies, felonies committed on the high
10 seas, offenses against the law of nations, slavery, and no other crimes.
11 (5) That all acts of Congress that assume to create, define, or punish crimes, other than those
12 enumerated in the federal constitution and Bill of Rights, are void and of no force.

That all acts of Congress that abridge freedom of religion, freedom of speech, or freedom of the press
21 are not law and are void.
22 (10) That power over the freedom of the right to keep and bear arms was reserved to the states and to
23 the people, allowing states the right to judge how far infringements on the right to bear arms should be tolerated,
24 rather than allowing that exercise to be defined by Congress.

(21) That any act by the Congress of the United States, Executive Order of the President of the United
18 States, or Judicial Order of the United States that assumes a power not delegated by the federal Constitution and
19 Bill of Rights diminishing the liberty of this state or its citizens constitutes a nullification of the federal Constitution
20 and Bill of Rights by the government of the United States, which would also breach Montana's "Compact With
21 the United States". Acts that would cause a nullification and a breach include but are not limited to:
22 (a) establishing martial law or a state of emergency within a state without the consent of the legislature
23 of that state;
24 (b) requiring involuntary servitude or governmental service other than a draft during a declared war or
25 pursuant to or as an alternative to incarceration after due process of law;
26 (c) requiring involuntary servitude or governmental service of persons under the age of 18 other than
27 pursuant to or as an alternative to incarceration after due process of law;
28 (d) surrendering any power delegated or not delegated to any corporation or foreign government;
29 (e) any act regarding religion, further limitations on freedom of political speech, or further limitations on
30 freedom of the press;

Really the whole thing is interesting and I encourage you to read it yourself. The question that remains to be seen is whether they are actually going to follow through with actions.

As I mention in a comment on Tammy's blog (mentioned above). . .
It is hard enough to write these things. It is harder still to say them aloud in front of people. And hardest of all is to take action.

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