About the Common Constitutionalist

Brent, aka The Common Constitutionalist, is a Constitutional Conservative, and advocates for first principles, founders original intent and enemy of progressives. He is former Navy, Martial Arts expert. As well as publisher of the Common Constitutionalist blog, he also is a contributing writer for Political Outcast, Godfather Politics, Minute Men News (Liberty Alliance), Freedom Outpost, the Daily Caller, Vision To America and Free Republic. He also writes an exclusive weekly column for World Net Daily (WND).

2012 Voting Rights Act

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Step one in the great election theft of 2012. Through an illegal dictatorial decree (executive order), the Obama Administration will grant amnesty for young illegal immigrants. They won’t call it that but who cares.

This of course is beyond the scope of the president’s constitutional authority. That is of no concern to him or the revolutionaries that surround and advise him. The plan is to immediately stop any deportation efforts and issue work permits to these young lawbreakers. They will attach some pretend conditions on the illegals to make it sound more reasonable. (eg: must have graduated high school.) In order to comply with the federal program, the illegals will, no doubt,  have to register with Homeland Security. 

During a press conference in 2011, the president clearly explained to the press & public, he did not have the authority to just change or disregard the laws regarding illegal immigrants.

They have evidently found a way to just usurp congress & decree it, just as you would expect a dictator to do. Actually, they haven’t found a way around our pesky laws. The administration just doesn’t care. They do these sorts of things all the time, just daring the congress to stop them. Also, in 2011 they didn’t think they would need this block of non-citizens.

Obama explained his reasoning this way: He sent a proposal to congress and they blocked it. He just can’t wait for their approval, so in true constitutional form, he has decided to make it so without congressional approval. He did assure the American people, this would not be a path to citizenship. Although I don’t believe him, I do believe they don’t care whether these poor folks are citizens or not. That is not what they’re after.

I do agree, however, that he can’t wait. It will, after all, take time for all the illegals to sign up for the program.

The Obamites must leave themselves enough time to implement Step two.

Step Two will be a massive voter registration drive. By shear coincidence, these young illegals just happen to be between the ages of 18 & 30. Just old enough to vote & young enough to still be stupid.

As you recall, all of the young illegals had to sign up for work permits. To do so required them to release to the government, their personal contact information including an address and telephone number.

In a way that doesn’t seem possible, these lists will somehow end up in the hands of the “Center for American Progress”, “MoveOn.Org” and/or some “ACORN” type organization.

These organizations will then fan out across the nation to register the unsuspecting voting block. Strong-arm tactics will NOT be used for the registration drive. Threats of deportation will NOT occur, for those who balk at registering to vote, because the new worker knows it is illegal to do so, . There will be NO incentive proposed for registration, such as free sign up for Obamacare.

As I stated, in 2011, Obama said that he simply didn’t have the authority to do this, he was not a Monarch. So what has changed? Certainly not the whole “Monarch” thing. He has always thought that. What has changed is the need for additional votes.

The administration knows it is in real electoral trouble. This leads me to reveal Step Three.

My theory is that they will cheat as much as they have to, to win the popular vote in November. As you may know, whoever wins the electoral vote, wins the election. If Romney wins the electoral vote but Obama can pull out a popular vote victory, his administration and wacko supporters will file so many lawsuits it would cause the country to shut down, not to mention, tearing it apart by fomenting race riots. There have been many factions in the past wanting to just do away with the whole electoral process & replace it with the popular vote only. Hillary Clinton suggested it several years ago.

I guess we’ll just have to see how much congress let’s Obama get away with. I hate to say it, but most of them don’t have the spine to do the right thing and stand up to this bunch.

But, with enough independent light shone on the administration, it may at least, slow them down and possibly wake up a few more legal voters.

We’re Just Not Acting Right

EPA wants a “Way of Life Act” to control us even more

by: Julie Szydlowski

Despite the extensive regulations placed on Americans through the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts and other directives, zealots at the Environmental Protection Agency say existing rules are not enough to control individual behavior – and controlling individual behavior is what they long to do.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) recently released a video montage of Obama EPA Regional Administrators revealing their hopes of imposing a green “Way Of Life Act” on Americans enforced through the regulatory dictatorship of the EPA.

President Obama-appointed EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz is heard saying on the video that the EPA should “crucify” and “make an example” of the oil and coal industries — which is eerily in keeping with Obama’s promise to bankrupt coal companies.

To be precise, Armendariz put his “philosophy of enforcement” of a green way of life regarding oil & coal companies this way: “It was kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”

Armendariz went on to say, “I don’t have a Way of Life Act that I can enforce – I’ve got a Clean Air Act, I’ve got a Clean Water Act, a Safe Drinking Water Act that can be used to enforce green ideals.” But having an official Act on how people actually live their lives would be so much more convenient.

Armendariz subsequently resigned under fire for his comments, but he wasn’t alone in his intent to control our way of life. Also appearing on the video is EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck, who tries to justify a “Way of Life Act” because, “I don’t think individual change is going to be enough.”

But it’s not just these two people we need to fear, Sen. Inhofe’s office warns. “The purpose of this video is to get to know President Obama’s ‘green generals’ – the regional administrators – who are going into battle for the Obama-EPA, working hard to force a green ‘way of life act’ in regions across the United States.”

It’s frightening to imagine what type of controls they envision placing on us under such an Act. It’s bad enough that environmentalists are indoctrinating children into a green way of thinking; to the extent of having them monitor their own parents to point out where they’re failing to live “green.” Now agents of the government want to regulate our behavior officially and have another excuse to raise taxes on our use of energy.

The question is, what makes these environmentalists’ values more important than an individual’s right to live as he chooses? At what point will the government, under the guise and legal backing of a green Way of Life Act or other existing Acts, begin to dictate how much water we can use in a given day, or how long we can run our air conditioner? Especially bothersome is that unelected officials are being given extraordinary power to enforce behavior on American citizens, and they have the full support of our President.

Just like New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s attempt to regulate the size of soda cups we drink from, our government has no right telling us how to live our lives in our own private pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Too bad those values are all but forgotten by this leftist government gone wild. Hopefully this Way of Life Act remains nothing more than a pipe-dream.

Anyone Interested in the VMT?

by: Tim Brown & the Common Constitutionalist

It never ceases to amaze me how government can come up with new ways to milk people of their money, but find it impossible to cut their spending.

 Such is a new method that states are trying to come up with by tracking the mileage on your car and taxing it appropriately.

The new technology is already being explored by Minnesota and Oregon. The GPS-like box would be mounted inside a person’s vehicle and they can purchase “miles” ahead of time.

 “As the (national vehicle) fleet becomes more fuel efficient … we’re going to lose a lot of revenue from the gas tax. If it’s not replaced, we’re going to see our transportation infrastructure deteriorate,” says Joshua Schank, president of the Eno Center for Transportation in Washington, D.C.

He expects to see a state vehicle miles-traveled (VMT) tax within the next 5 to 10 years.

“We’re seeing a lot of interest in VMT as one of the potential solutions to transportation funding gaps that states are dealing with,” says Jaime Rall, senior policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Many say the greatest obstacle to a miles-traveled tax has been privacy concerns. When Oregon ran a pilot program six years ago, motorists’ major objection was to in-vehicle boxes used to track miles driven, said James Whitty of the Oregon Department of Transportation. “They didn’t like the government boxes. They didn’t like the GPS mandate,” he says.

Of those 2 words, GPS and mandate, my guess is they objected more to ‘mandate’.

So let’s see if I have this right. In most states, we purchase a vehicle and pay a tax to either the city or town & the state. Then we must register it; another tax. Then we buy gas for it and pay tax on the gas. We then pay a toll to drive on the road; that’s a tax. Now they’re going to tax us on the miles we drive due to diminished revenue because they have forced us into more economical cars with escalated fuel costs and bogus CAFE standards?

 Next, some state or federal bureaucrat will propose a new tax (actually more of a penalty) for non-mass transit users. An additional fee when you register your vehicle. By purchasing a car, it is assumed you will not be using mass transit. The intent of said bureaucrat is to nudge people toward the use of trains and buses.

 If the program has any success, the government will soon discover the revenue shortfall was caused by it’s own action & must then invent another tax or fee to subsidize that shortfall.

 This is what governments do. They constantly cause more problems than they ever solve.

Xbox Surgery

THE surgeon enters the operating room, covered in sterile blue scrubs. Machines beep and hiss. Nurses wait, tools at the ready: scalpel, forceps, bandage, Xbox… Xbox?

A surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital in London began trials of a new device that uses an Xbox Kinect camera to sense body position. Just by waving his arms the surgeon can consult and sift through medical images, such as CT scans or real-time X-rays, while in the middle of an operation.

Maintaining a sterile environment in the operating room is paramount, but scrubbing in and out to scroll through scan images mid-operation can be time-consuming and break a surgeon’s concentration.

Depending on the type of surgery, a surgeon will stop and consult medical images anywhere from once an hour to every few minutes. To avoid leaving the table, many surgeons rely on assistants to manipulate the computer for them, a distracting and sometimes frustrating process.

“Up until now, I’d been calling out across the room to one of our technical assistants, asking them to manipulate the image, rotate one way, rotate the other, pan up, pan down, zoom in, zoom out,” says Tom Carrell, a consultant vascular surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’, who led the operation on May 8th to repair an aneurism in a patient’s aorta. With the Kinect, he says, “I had very intuitive control”.

Carrell used the system to look at a 3D model of a section of the abdominal aorta, captured on a CT scan. This was projected on to a 2D live image-feed of the operation site, taken with a fluoroscopic X-ray camera. So Carrell could see what was happening inside the patient, as well as using the 3D model to help navigate the twists, turns and branches of the aorta. He says he consulted the system four or five times during the 90-minute operation.

Being able to check the images easily also helps surgeons maintain their concentration throughout the procedure. “You’re just doing all of this stuff non-verbally and it just happens much more quickly. You’re maintaining the flow of what’s going on,” says Carrell.

But manipulating a “touchless” medical image-viewer in a room filled with surgeons, nurses, machines, trays, cables and lights poses challenges of its own.

“You usually think of Kinect in a game-like scenario where you can jump around and move your hands as wide as possible, but surgeons are not allowed to reach such a large area,” says Gerardo Gonzalez of Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, who helped develop the system in conjunction with surgeons from Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London.

So Gonzalez and colleagues developed a set of gestures that a surgeon can perform in a constrained space, while standing at the operating table. For the most common actions – rotating the 3D model or placing a marker on the image – the team designed one-handed gestures that combine with voice commands, leaving the other hand free for operating. To position a marker, for example, the surgeon simply points at the image to activate a cursor and says, “place marker”. Other functions, such as panning or zooming, require two hands.

Despite initial misgivings, Carrell is eager to continue working with the system. “I thought this was going to be a lot more awkward to start off with, but I was very pleased with the way it went today.”

Attribution: New Scientist

Birds of a Feather

by: the Common Constitutionalist

We all know the saying: “You can’t choose your family, but you do choose your friends.”

The other saying that comes to mind is, “Birds of a feather, flock together.”

One must agree that both are absolutely true statements.

After a recent discussion on the topic of whether our President is a Marxist, anti-colonialist, like his dear old mom and dad, I decided to put together a short list of friends, acquaintances, mentors and those who influenced Barack Hussein Obama over the years.

While you scan this list, ask yourself; Is there even a single person within my sphere of influence that is a crook, a felon, a radical, a Marxist, a communist, a Maoist, a terrorist, an anarchist, a radical Muslim or even a socialist?

I hope, for most of us, the answer is no, but if you were Barack Obama, you would have to say Yes.

The List:

Barack Obama, Sr. (Marxist, anti-colonialist, polygamist)

Ann Dunham [ (Obama’s mother) marxist, socialist]

Anita Dunn (socialist, Maoist)

Tony Rezko (crook, felon)

Bill Ayers (radical, terrorist, anarchist)

Bernadine Dorhn (radical, terrorist, anarchist)

Louis Farrakhan (radical Muslim, murderer (or at least accessory for the killing of Malcolm X)

Saul Alinsky (radical, anarchist, Marxist)

Khalid Al-Mansour (radical Muslim, black separatist)

Susan L. Rosenberg (radical, terrorist, anarchist)

Reverend Wright (radical black separatist)

Father Pfleger (radical, socialist)

Rashid Khalidi (radical Muslim)

Valerie Jarrett (socialist, Marxist)

Vernon Jarrett (communist)

Frank Marshall Davis (communist)

Van Jones (communist, radical)

  There are many, many more I could name, but this list should suffice in demonstrating just how “out of the mainstream” our dear President is.

I, myself, have a few friends that are liberal, but I believe that to be from ignorance. To remain friends, we don’t speak of politics. I know one person in my life that has spent time in prison. That’s about it. All the rest are basically of like mind, as are yours.

One cannot go through life surrounded by as many ne’er do wells as Obama has without becoming one himself. In my opinion, it’s impossible. Those who think it is possible are delusional.

So, look around at your friends, and then tell me I’m wrong.

Who Makes the Bed Anymore?

Hate making your bed in the morning? Now you don’t have to, thanks to an automated bed that does the job for you.

Spanish furniture maker OHEA says its new bed can make itself in just 50 seconds. The duvet is attached at the base of the bed, allowing robot arms to grab either side and straighten it out. Meanwhile, the pillows are stretched by internal cords and then lifted over the top of the duvet.

The bed works in both manual and automatic modes, with the latter switching on after the bed has been unoccupied for 3 seconds. There is also no need to worry about being permanently tucked in by while you sleep, as the bed is fitted with pressure sensors and will not begin to make itself if someone is on top.