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The Rule of Law - Presented at Pearland / TriCounty Tea Party, July 3, 2009

I would like to thank Joann and BJ and the other organizers of this Tea Party. I am honored to speak to patriots.

In 1968 I was a Republican. I was an active republican, attending the state convention as a Reagan delegate, because Reagan spoke of following the Constitution and the Rule of Law.

At the time I thought that the Republican party was working for the same principles that I believe in:

individual liberty and responsibility
protection of my rights
a free market economy
a smaller central government constrained by the Constitution
and The Rule of Law

In 1971 the dollar, however tenuously, was tied to gold and as we spent and borrowed ourselves into debt our foreign creditors, reasonably enough, began to unload their excess dollars for gold at the bargain price of $35.00 per ounce. Our dollar, in other words, was doing exactly what any honest currency is designed to do - it was signaling that we were spending and borrowing beyond our means to repay.

So, even though Reagan was not elected yet, we had a Republican administration, and I expected my country to do the honorable thing and reduce spending.

On August 15, 1971, Republican president Richard Nixon unilaterally canceled our obligations to foreign holders of dollars - and severed the tie that had existed between the dollar and gold. This was all only "temporary" of course, and was done to defend the dollar from "foreign speculators." On the same day, Nixon imposed price and wage controls on the American economy. So much for responsibility, free markets, and the rule of law.

So, I was no longer a Republican, but I was a much wiser American who had learned a valuable lesson about politicians and party politics. Party politics can drive politicians to look you in the eye and lie, and preserving the political power of a party often trumps principle.

The Democrats, since FDR, wanted to socialize everything, so I have never been a Democrat.

>pause> Early last century America became obsessed with alcohol abuse. The American people wanted something done about it at a national level, but there was a problem: Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution does not say that "The Congress shall have Power To prohibit the manufacture and distribution of intoxicating liquors." I guess the elected senators in 1917 were more honest than those we have today - they did the right thing and proposed a Constitutional amendment to give Congress that exact power. They followed the rule of law. After 36 states ratified the 18th amendment, on January 16, 1920 the Noble Experiment of prohibition was begun. Shortly thereafter there were more than 30,000 speakeasy clubs in New York City alone.

By 1933 the American people had had enough of the unintended consequences of prohibition, and passed the 21st amendment, repealing the 18th. This remains the only amendment passed directly by the people in state conventions, and not by our elected representatives.

This is way it is supposed to work. Prohibition, for all its ugly consequences, was legally enacted and enforced. When America realized its mistake in passing prohibition, the Constitution provided the solution - repeal of the 18th amendment.

As I see our country going down the wrong path, it seems to me that every problem we have today has been caused in large part by politicians ignoring their oath of office to defend the Constitution.

The Constitution says "Congress shall have the Power To ... coin Money." It does not say "Congress shall have the Power To grant a monopoly to a group of private bankers who can charge the taxpayers interest on money they create out of thin air." Not following the rule of law, the Constitution, Congress has created the Federal Reserve, charged with, among other things, keeping the value of the dollar constant. Since the creation of the Fed in 1913, the dollar has lost about 95% of its purchasing power. Good job, Federal Reserve! Gold, which our dollar used to be tied to, and is an actual, useful commodity and not a piece of paper, has retained its value during this same period, as it has for centuries.

The Constitution does not say "Congress shall have the Power To interfere in the private relationship between a doctor and his patient" and yet our current Congress seems intent on doing just that, with no legal authority.

Each January of odd numbered years all representatives and the newly elected senators raise their hands and state: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." Most of them are lying.

It is clear that we cannot look to Congress to uphold our Constitution.

We cannot look to the federal courts to uphold our Constitution. The Supreme Court, in Kelo v. City of New London, has allowed the taking of private homes so that city councils can favor developers, who are often campaign contributors, and increase their tax rolls.

Our previous president, George W. Bush, has been accused of multiple violations of our Constitution. Among these offenses, requesting and enforcing a law that allows federal agents to enter private homes without the owner's knowledge and without a search warrant must rank near the top of the list. We expected, and received, no help from his administration.

While running for office, Obama stated: "I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution." Of course, he was lying.

The Obama administration, ignoring bankruptcy laws and the property rights of bond holders, has given majority ownership of General Motors to the UAW in an obvious political payoff. All with no legal authority.

Who is there left to uphold the rule of law in our country? Who is there left to uphold our Constitution?

I want each of you to look at your neighbor sitting or standing next to you. Look them in the eye, study their face. You are looking at an American patriot. You are looking at our last hope to uphold our Constitution and restore the rule of law to our country.

I ask each of you to read and understand our Constitution. It is there, in plain English. It is the supreme law of the land. I have a few copies with me today - if you would like a Pocket Constitution, please ask me for one later.

When a representative violates his oath to defend the constitution, they are committing treason. Upholding their oath should be the only criteria that we use to judge a representative.

When your elected representative fails to uphold his or her oath of office - FIRE THEM! In many cases this will require you to ignore party labels. This will, in almost all cases, require voting against an incumbent.

The three branches of the federal government have utterly failed to defend our Constitution. You are our last hope.

Thank you.