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Download: Climate and the Constitution

By Dr. Harrison H. Schmitt. (“Americans should think long and hard about their children’s future before giving up liberties and incomes to politicians in Washington and at the United Nations in the name of “doing something” about climate change. The scientific rationale behind this proposed massive intrusion into American life requires more than a “consensus” of like-minded climate analysts and bureaucrats. It needs to be right. — HHS). The Foreword was written by Professor Bob Carter, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He is a paleontologist, stratigrapher, marine geologist and an environmental scientist. Currently Chief Science Advisor to the International Climate Science Coalition, Carter notes that ( “This book is written by a supremely well informed, well qualified and thoughtful scientist, and formerly active senior politician. Jack Schmitt has identified accurately the need for corrective action now, and careful future vigilance, against the undue influence that is being exerted on our political systems by post-modern modes of scientific thinking and policy formulation.” ), and concludes by saying: (“Thank you, Jack Schmitt, for providing us with the wise scientific guidance and political leadership that is today so sadly lacking in Washington and other western national capitals.” )

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Download: Space Policy and the Constitution

By Dr. Harrison H. Schmitt. Prologue: (“Is there a path forward for United States’ space policy? When a new President takes office in 2013, he or she should propose to Congress that we start space policy and its administration from scratch. A new agency, the National Space Exploration Administration (NSEA), should be charged with specifically enabling America’s and its partners’ exploration of deep space, inherently stimulating education, technology, and national focus. The existing component parts of NASA should be spread among other agencies with the only exception being activities related to U.S. obligations to its partners in the International Space Station (ISS).” — HHS). The Foreword was written by Michael D. Griffin, noted physicist, aerospace engineer and NASA Administrator (2005-2009): (“Jack makes the case for space as no one else can, and he shows how and why we are on the wrong path— leaving the rest of us with the question: what can we do to obtain the leadership we need instead of the leadership we have?”— MDG).

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Download: America’s Uncommon Sense: The Founders’ View Today

by Senator Harrison H. Schmitt (This continuing series of essays considers current national issues from the viewpoint of the Founders of the United States of America. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers, and related correspondence of their times clearly enshrine the intent of these remarkable, knowledgeable, and courageous Americans. Through these interdependent statements, the Founders created the greatest form of republican government yet devised and provided straightforward guidance on how to preserve for our progeny their “unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”— HHS)

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1. NEW MEXICO DELEGATION AND THE CONSTITUTION (Former Senator Schmitt Slams New Mexico’s Congressional Delegation for Attack on Liberty and the Constitution)

Preview:  The current New Mexico Congressional delegation and its Democratic Party leaders in Washington have served neither New Mexico nor the United States well in 2009. The prospects for 2010 are even worse.  [Read Online]

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2. NEW MEXICO DELEGATION AND TSA UNIONIZATION (Former Senator Schmitt Accuses New Mexico Delegation of Putting Politics Ahead Of National Security)

Preview:  The New Mexico Congressional Delegation now advocates giving union leadership of screeners in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) the power to control critical decisions in a time of war. They wish to make it possible to hold America hostage to union leadership demands. So reports the Albuquerque Journal of December 31, 2009. What a way to end the year!  [Read Online]

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3. HEALTH CARE AND THE CONSTITUTION #1 (Former Senator Schmitt Outlines Constitutional Health Care Improvement for America)

Preview:  The current Administration and Con-gressional leadership, by word and deed, believe in overriding the separation of State and Federal powers embodied in the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. They desire to eventually impose national socialist control over the health care of every American. In so doing, they would further erode American liberty and pass massive increases in national debt and future economic distress to present and future generations.  [Read Online]

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4. TERRORISM AND THE CONSTITUTION (Former Senator Schmitt Ties Congressional and Presidential Dereliction in War on Terror to a Violation of Constitutional Mandates)

Preview:  The Constitution of the United States of America charges the President and Congress, to “provide for the common defence.” Neither entity lives up to this responsibility in spite of both the people and the Constitution being under attack by radical Islam.  [Read Online]

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5. COMMON DEFENSE ISSUES (Former Senator Schmitt Finds the President and Congress Commit Deadly Sins in Their Neglect of National Security)

Preview:  Since the Nation’s founding, the challenges of national security always have been formidable. Separately and collectively, the Constitution puts responsibility for national security squarely on the Congress and the President. Meeting modern security challenges requires both a short and long-term view of threats and a sense of urgency in addition to the “balance” advocated by the current Administration.  [Read Online]

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6. ECONOMY AND CONSTITUTION (Former Senator Schmitt Declares Unconstitutional Actions by the President and Congress Stagnate the Economy)

Preview:  The provisions of the Constitution of the United States contain everything necessary to perpetuate liberty and provide economic prosperity in the American Republic. Again, the Founders got it right— their politically myopic heirs in the 21st Century have not.  [Read Online]

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7. SPACE POLICY AND THE CONSTITUTION #1 (Former Senator Schmitt Finds New Space Policy Cedes Moon to China, Space Station to Russia, and Liberty to the Ages)

Preview:  The Administration has announced a new Space Policy after a year of morale bending clouds of uncertainty. The lengthy delay, the abandonment of human exploration, and the wimpy overall thrust of the policy indicates that the Administration does not understand, or want to acknowledge, the essential role space plays in the future of the United States and of liberty.  [Read Online]

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8. DEBT, TAXES, AND THE CONSTITUTION (Former Senator Schmitt Warns Of Unsustainable Consequences of Extreme National Debt and Tax Burdens)

Preview:  What are these people in Washington thinking?! Do they believe the rest of us can’t count? Or don’t count! The national debt already stood far too high at about 40% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2009. Now, the President proposes that the FY2011 budget create a total national debt of at least $14.3 trillion, or about 70% of GDP! On top of this, he calls for $2 trillion in tax increases – the surest way to further sap the strength of the economy, increase unemployment, and quickly drive debt to over 100% of GDP and the country into another Great Depression. Call this budget “the audacity of despair!”  [Read Online]

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9. HEALTH CARE AND THE CONSTITUTION #2 (Former Senator Schmitt Finds Healthcare Proposals Unconstitutional)

Preview:  The “unalienable rights” stated in the Declaration of Independence, as described previously, include “life” as well as “liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” “Life,” however, implies something very different than “health.” The right to life coexists with the “liberty” of individual choice of how life shall be lived in “the pursuit of happiness.” The Constitution of the United States cites no right to “health.” Rather, preservation of health clearly lies with the people within the activities not enumerated as functions of the Federal Government. The 10th Amendment gives the people or States control of health.  [Read Online]

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10. CLIMATE AND THE CONSTITUTION #1 (Former Senator Schmitt Faults Motivations for Climate Legislation, Loan Guarantees, and Regulation)

Preview:  Americans should think long and hard about their children’s future before giving up liberties and incomes to politicians in Washington and at the United Nations in the name of “doing something” about climate change. Given how little we actually know about climate, as well as great uncertainties in what we do know, the President, regulators, and Congress have chosen an extraordinarily dangerous path of unconstitutional usurpation of the rights of the people and the constitutionally reserved powers of the States.  [Read Online]

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11. LOAN GUARANTEES AND THE CONSTITUTION (Former Senator Schmitt Questions Constitutionality of Loan Guarantees as Part of National Energy Policy)

Preview:  The President and the Congress obviously are hooked on interfering in the American economy. Loan guarantees and their extreme manifestation, financial bailouts, show the extremes of this addiction. Now, the President proposes to use the authority provided by Congress to guarantee loans, rather than regulatory and tort reform, to a single power company (Southern) to build of two nuclear fission plants.  [Read Online]

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12. WESTERN LANDS AND THE CONSTITUTION (Former Senator Schmitt Reviews Background of the Federal Government’s Continued Western Land Grab)

Preview:  A review of the history of the Western lands of the United States stands in order. Why? The Obama Administration is moving toward removing another 14 areas and over 13 million acres of federally controlled land from potential economic and national security applications. All in the name of conservation, energy production and other job, income, and revenue creating lands and their resources would be withdrawn in order to strictly limit legitimate private, public, and State use.  [Read Online]

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13. EDUCATION AND THE CONSTITUTION #1 (Former U. S. Senator Schmitt Blames Economic and Social Failures on Government Managed Schools)

Preview:  The education system managed by State Governments and significantly controlled by federal money and regulation has failed. After World War II, our “public education system” for elementary and secondary grade levels left the control of parents and fell under selfish special interests, led by leaders of unions and social activists, that largely ignore the needs of children and the nation. This continually deteriorating situation threatens the national security of the United States and the liberty and prosperity of its citizens.  [Read Online]

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14. EDUCATION AND THE CONSTITUTION #2 (Former U. S. Senator Schmitt Sees Instruction in Basic Virtues Missing from Public Education)

Preview:  The Nation’s Founders believed that educational instruction in the basic “virtues” instilled by their Judeo-Christian heritage formed an essential foundation of the American Republic. The thousands of years of trial and error development of that heritage and human struggles to preserve it represented to them an irrefutable basis for insuring the success of both the American Experiment and its citizen’s pursuit of happiness. Today, only a minority of our elected officials any longer shares this belief.  [Read Online]

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15. EDUCATION AND THE CONSTITUTION #3 (Former Senator Schmitt Challenges Parents and Other Citizens to Take Control of Education)

Preview:  The nation’s public education system fails to meet the needs of a representative democracy. Americans who recognize this fact must work to recover the nation’s future before it is irrevocably lost. More tax dollars will not accomplish this recovery. Heaven knows we have tried that approach for half a century with nothing but regression to show for it. Recovery will come only with more individual and collective grassroots commitment to using common sense to truly reform how and what children are taught.  [Read Online]

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16. STATE OF THE UNION AND THE CONSTITUTION (Former Senator Schmitt Outlines America’s Path to National Socialism)

Preview:  Americans lost two more large slices of their liberty with enactment of 2010 healthcare and financial legislation. Even given electorate’s long and sad history of voluntarily, incrementally, and unconstitutionally giving up liberties to the Federal Government in exchange for personal security and insulation from personal responsibility, this loss breaks the heart: for the first time in America, liberty disappeared by political fiat and against the will of the people.  [Read Online]

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17. HEALTH CARE AND THE CONSTITUTION #3 (Former Senator Schmitt Advocates Specific Constitutional Challenges To Legislation Nationalizing Healthcare)

Preview:  The Constitution remains America’s primary defense against the usurpation of liberty called “national healthcare reform.” The States must accelerate their 10th Amendment defenses against the imposition of federal regulatory mandates in areas of governance not enumerated in Article I or elsewhere in the Constitution. At the same time, individuals, businesses, and associations must challenge the constitutionality of federal jurisdiction over healthcare as well as question specific provisions in the new law.  [Read Online]

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18. SPACE POLICY AND THE CONSTITUTION #2 (Former Senator Schmitt Takes Issue with the President on Space Policy)

Preview:  The President has repeated his advocacy for the abandonment of a program of deep space exploration by Americans in return for vague promises about future actions. His irrational and technically ridiculous proposals on national space policy, if agreed to by the Congress, would put the nation into a steady decline in its human space flight endeavors toward the total absence of NASA Astronauts from space within a decade. With the demise of the International Space Station in about 2020, if not sooner, America’s nationally sanctioned human spaceflight activities would end.  [Read Online]

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19. IMMIGRATION AND THE CONSTITUTION #1 (Former Senator Schmitt Joins in Alert About the Invasion Across America’s Southern Border)

Preview:  The United States of America’s nearly five-century foundation of liberty and prosperity includes remarkable benefits arising from the motivation and skills of immigrants. Most who have come to our shores sought new lives and carried with them the unique characteristics of both the desire to live and raise their children in “the land of the free” and the willingness to risk all to do this. The genetic and cultural amalgamation of these naturalized immigrants has reinforced that special character that uniquely distinguishes “Americans,” that is, hard working, productive, inventive, generous, and quick to fight to protect freedom anywhere it is threatened, including from within.  [Read Online]

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20. SPACE POLICY AND THE CONSTITUTION #3 (Former Senator Schmitt Details Concerns About the Adminstration’s Proposed Space Policies)

Preview:  The President announced a “bold approach for space exploration and discovery,” to quote the White House. In considering his FY2011 budget proposals for NASA, Congress rightly should ask just how “bold” is this approach versus what America requires in the intense geopolitical environment of space. In addition, Congress should ask for specifics as to why this approach would be better than the Constellation Program already approved by Congress, and whether it truly “Advances America’s commitment to human spaceflight and exploration of the solar system” to again quote the White House. Congress also should question if the proposals support the primary constitutional rationale for funding NASA, that is, as a contribution to “the common Defence.”  [Read Online]

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21. IMMIGRATION AND THE CONSTITUTION #2 (Former Senator Schmitt Emphasizes Illegal Drugs and Terrorism as Components of the Border Invasion)

Preview:  Three dominate factors propel the invasion across the southwestern border of the United States: (1) normal human desires to live better, (2) the pull of illegal drug demand in the United States, and (3) Islamic radicals’ hatred of the freedom of thought and action America represents.  [Read Online]

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22. FOREIGN POLICY AND THE CONSTITUTION #1 (Former Senator Schmitt Faults President’s Strange View of America’s Foreign Policy Interests)

Preview:  America’s self-interested relations with other nations make up a fundamental component of providing for the “common Defence,” as required under the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. The Founders recognized this fact in many provisions of the Constitution, both in the powers granted to Congress and in the role of the President as Commander in Chief and initiator of treaties. The President has the constitutional responsibility to set and carry out foreign policy, balanced by the power of Congress in providing funds necessary for implementation. Congress’ power includes appropriating funds for the armed forces as well as the Senate’s responsibility to “advise and consent” on treaties negotiated by the Executive.  [Read Online]

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23. COMMON DEFENSE AND THE CONSTITUTION #2 (Former Senator Schmitt Faults President’s View of America)

Preview:  President Obama, from all available evidence, does not grasp the very special nature of America. Maybe he missed that part of growing up as an American. Maybe he really believes that the Constitution impedes “change” rather than existing as a bulwark against tyranny and a blueprint for the governance of a free people.  [Read Online]

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24. SUPREMACY CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION (Former Senator Schmitt Discusses the Limit to Federal Constitutional Supremacy Over State Law)

Preview:  States’ Attorneys General and Governors challenging the Federal Government’s constitutional power to legislate, regulate, or order executive action on healthcare, education, or other issues of clear 10th Amendment State responsibility should not concede constitutional ground on the basis of the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2). This Clause does not mean or im-ply that “federal law trumps state law when there is a direct conflict between laws” as stated by Virginia’s Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli in an otherwise excellent Wall Street Journal Opinion Editorial (The Constitution Sets Real Limits, WSJ April 19, 2010).  [Read Online]

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25. EDUCATION AND THE CONSTITUTION #4 (Former Senator Schmitt Finds Lack of Private Funding of Research the Fault of Congress and Academia)

Preview:  World War II changed the face of learning for those Americans who choose to enter college or university. The life and death necessities of the War period and the subsequent Cold War challenge of the Soviet Union brought unprecedented levels of defense-related federal funds into private and State-run institutions of higher learning and research. In addition to necessary federal requirements on how these dollars could and should be spent, there came increasing regulatory controls on institutional management largely unrelated to defense needs. The federal reach extends to employment, environment, internet services, institutional financial activity, financial aid and student data, campus security, and equity in athletics to name only a few areas now under the federal thumb.  [Read Online]

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26. GULF OIL SPILL AND GOVERNMENT (Former Senator and Astronaut Schmitt Sees No Analogy Between the Gulf Oil Spill Crisis and Apollo 13)

Preview:  President Obama’s Administration and its supportive media repeatedly use our 1970 Apollo 13 experience as analogous to the effort to contain and cap the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Not hardly! The rescue of Astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, and Jack Swigert after an oxygen tank explosion on their spacecraft illustrates how complex technical accidents should be handled in contrast to the Gulf fiasco. Nothing in the government’s response to the blowout explosion on the Deepwater Horizon and its aftermath bears any resemblance to the response to the Apollo 13 situation by the NASA of Apollo and its Mission Control team at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston.  [Read Online]

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27. FOREIGN POLICY AND THE CONSTITUTION #2 (Former Senator Schmitt Suspects Obama Agrees With Desire to End Israel as a Democracy and a Country)

Preview:  Israel, the Middle East’s only true democracy, only true friend of the United States, and only remaining repository of Judeo-Christian values, continues to fight for survival. As the world appears to work hand in glove with radical Islam to destroy the Israeli state and the Israeli people, the Obama Administration gives all the appearances of desiring the same end. Not only is this stance morally repugnant, it is contrary to the President’s constitutional responsibility to provide for the “common Defence” of the United States.  [Read Online]

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28. FOREIGN POLICY AND THE CONSTITUTION #2 – ADDENDUM (Former Senator Schmitt Suspects Obama Agrees With Desire to End Israel as a Democracy and a Country – Continuation)

Preview:  The recent Foreign Policy Release in this series, concerning the importance of Israel to the long-term security interests of Americans, stands as the rationale for continued U.S. support of that country. The Release intentionally, however, did not cover serious Israeli errors committed through the years as that democracy works to preserve itself in an extraordinarily hostile world. Israel’s recent attack on blockade-runners, it should be noted, was not one of those errors. All democracies make mistakes. But it is critical that democracies learn from their mistakes.  [Read Online]

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29. CLIMATE AND THE CONSTITUTION #2 (Former Senator Schmitt Accuses National Academy of Conflict of Interests in Study of Global Climate Change)

Preview:  Extraordinarily complex natural processes underlie changes in the Earth’s climate. They rep-resent decadal to millennial to epochal variations in weather patterns as nature continuously at-tempts to compensate for solar heating imbalances in and between the atmosphere, oceans, and landmasses.  [Read Online]

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30. CLIMATE (TEMPERATURE) AND THE CONSTITUTION #3 (Former Senator Schmitt Summarizes History of Global Temperature)

Preview:  Ten thousand years of natural, post-Ice Age climate variability should give pause to those who maintain that current slow global warming and carbon dioxide increases result largely from human use of fossil fuels. Public confidence in that position also suffers from the exposure of fraudulent academic and bureaucratic behavior aimed at overriding normal processes of skeptical scientific review and debate.  [Read Online]

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31. CLIMATE (CARBON DIOXIDE) AND THE CONSTITUTION #4 (Former Senator Schmitt Summarizes History of Global Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide)

Preview:  Given how little we actually know about climate, and particularly the bogeyman called “carbon dioxide,” the President, the Environmental Protection Agency, Congress, and some ideological State governments and politically fearful corporations verge on choosing an extraordinarily dangerous path in attempting to stop natural change. The scientific rationale behind this proposed massive intrusion into American life requires more than a “consensus” of ideologically like-minded climate analysts and bureaucrats.  [Read Online]

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32. CLIMATE (ICE CORES) AND THE CONSTITUTION #5 (Former Senator Schmitt Summarizes the Role of Greenland and Antarctic Ice Cores in Climate Science)

Preview:  Analysis of ice cores from Antarctica and Greenland play an important role in understanding the history of global temperatures and atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane, and other gases and aerosols. Through analysis of dust, they also provide up to 800,000-year chronologies of global scale volcanic eruptions and major trends toward desertification. Clearly, data from ice cores play a critical underlying role in the science of climate change.  [Read Online]

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33. CLIMATE (OCEANS) AND THE CONSTITUTION #6 (Former Senator Schmitt Summarizes Dominating Role of Oceans in Climate Change)

Preview:  The scientific rationale behind the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed massive intrusion into American life in the name of fighting climate change has no scientific or constitutional justification. This hard left excursion into socialism, fully supported by the Congressional Leadership and the President, has no basis in observational science as has been discussed previously relative to climate history, temperature, and carbon dioxide.  [Read Online]

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34. CLIMATE (SUN) AND THE CONSTITUTION #7 (Former Senator Schmitt Summarizes the Central Role of the Sun in Climate Change)

Preview:  Policy makers at the head of government in the United States and elsewhere apparently want to believe, and to have others believe, that human use of fossil fuels accelerates global warming. They pursue this quest in order to impose ever greater and clearly unconstitutional control on the economy and personal liberty in the name of a hypothetically omnipotent government. There exists no true concern by the President or Congressional Leadership about the true effects of climate change— only a poorly concealed, ideologically driven attempt to use conjured up threats of catastrophic consequences as a lever to gain authoritarian control of society.  [Read Online]

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35. SCIENCE POLICY AND THE CONSTITUTION (Former Senator Schmitt Cites Strong Constitutional Justification for Selected Federally Funded Research)

Preview:  The Founders understood the importance of science and technology in the long-term future of the United States. Without science and engineering advancement, in the face of advancement by others, America could not compete with our ideological and economic challengers. Imagine our world if Nazi Germany had atomic weapons or the former Soviet Union had nuclear submarines or reached the Moon before America.  [Read Online]

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36. NATURAL RIGHTS AND THE 9TH AMENDMENT (Former Senator Schmitt Highlights the 9th Amendment’s Protection of Natural Rights)

Preview:  The Nation’s Founders recognized that a formal Constitution and Bill of Rights could not fully protect the natural rights of Americans that arise from their existence as free human beings. They therefore included a specific guarantee of those natural rights as the Bill of Rights’ 9th Amendment.  [Read Online]

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37. CLIMATE (COSMIC RAYS) AND THE CONSTITUTION #8 (Former Senator Schmitt Summarizes the Effects of Cosmic Rays on Climate Change)

Preview:  Climate change driven by the sun, constitutes a strongly competitive hypothesis to the climate modeling-political hypothesis of human-caused global warming. As many scientists have documented, the position and orientation of the Earth in its orbit around the sun and the sun’s variable activity determine weather and climate. As part of this process, oceans store enormous amounts of solar energy, dwarfing by a factor of 10 the energy stored in the atmosphere. Ocean currents create climate variations over vast regions by transferring their energy around the globe over decades and centuries through a system of interconnected currents and current oscillations.  [Read Online]

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38. CONSERVATIVE CONGRESSIONAL AGENDA AND THE CONSTITUTION #1 (Former Senator Schmitt Urges Conservative Leadership Pressure on Obama: Phase I – Economy and Healthcare)

Preview:  Conservative revolution partially swept the United States’ House of Representatives and United States’ Senate clean of national socialist (16) leadership on November 2nd. Now, initial actions in the House will set the framework for the elections of 2012 and for a continued restoration and rejuvenation of the American Dream.  [Read Online]

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39. CONSERVATIVE CONGRESSIONAL AGENDA AND THE CONSTITUTION #2 (Former Senator Schmitt Urges Conservative Leadership Pressure on Obama: Phase II – Education, Regulation, Health Security)

Preview:  EDUCATION (13,14,15): Long term, no more important obligation exists for the new Congress than taking steps to rejuvenate and advance the education of young Americans. The first and only bill related to education that the new House Leadership should send to the Senate, however, totally removes the federal government from unconstitutional influence in the peoples’ and States’ exercise of this natural right (36) guaranteed to the people by the 9th and 10th Amendments. Although the elimination of the Department of Education constitutes a necessary first step, the direct and indirect political and administrative influences of the federal government on K-12 and advance education should all be removed.  [Read Online]

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40. CONSERVATIVE CONGRESSIONAL AGENDA AND THE CONSTITUTION #3 (Former Senator Schmitt Urges Conservative Pressure on Obama: Phase III – Judiciary, Climate, Immigration)

Preview:  JUDICIARY: The continued packing of the American judiciary with judges that do not believe in constitutional law must stop. Senate Republicans have generally acquiesced to the Senate confirmation of Presidential nominations of federal judges, Attorneys General, and U.S. Attorneys. The new Senate Conservative Leadership must no longer agree to move any Court, Department of Justice, or U.S. Attorney nominees forward who have a record of disrespect or contempt for the Constitution.  [Read Online]

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41. CONSERVATIVE CONGRESSIONAL AGENDA AND THE CONSTITUTION #4 (Former Senator Schmitt Urges Conservative Pressure on Obama: Phase IV ─ Defense And Foreign Policy)

Preview: Pressure to move forward toward continued American greatness clearly must include repair and rejuvenation of the economy with a multi-faceted approach to the many challenges outlined in Phases I-III of this post-2010 Election series of suggestions for Conservatives in the 112th Congress. External threats to American liberty, however, require congressional leadership related to national security and foreign policy although these are traditional areas left to Executive Branch constitutional initiative. [Read Online]

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42. MONETARY POLICY AND THE CONSTITUTION (Former Senator Schmitt Challenges the 112th Congress to Take Control of Monetary Policy)

Preview: The Founders gave Congress the constitutional power in Article I, Section 8, Clause 5, “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures”. The intent of this Clause clearly lay in having a stable national currency, with a defined relationship to foreign currency, and tied to a standard weight and measure of silver or gold, the universally accepted media of coinage. Clause 6 of Section 8 further emphasizes the Founders’ intent to protect the value of the “Coin of the United States” by providing to the Congress the power to punish counterfeiting. [Read Online]

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43. REGULATION AND THE CONSTITUTION #1 (Former Senator Schmitt Cites Constitutional Limits on Regulatory Government)

Preview: Regulatory intrusions into the social and economic fabric of America have reached crisis levels in their attack on individual and collective freedom. Recent actions by the Obama Administration in placing regulatory limits on healthcare, the Internet, the use of public lands, transportation, energy production and transmission, and financial transactions merely constitute the tip of a colossal dictatorial iceberg ahead of the American Ship of Liberty. [Read Online]

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44. ENERGY AND THE CONSTITUTION #1 (Former Senator Schmitt Advocates a National Energy Plan as Constitutionally Mandated)

Preview: The constitutional mandate for a rational, scientific, and economically sound national energy plan lies in its close modern relationship to the constitutionally mandated “common defence”. Dependence on foreign sources of oil, and therefore transportation fuels, limits both near and long-term national security options. That dependence also creates an economic burden to our economy that restricts the liberty of Americans and their 9th Amendment guarantee of the pursuit of happiness.  [Read Online]

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45. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS AND THE CONSTITUTION (Former Senator Schmitt Finds Public Employee Collective Bargaining and Binding Arbitration Unconstitutional)

Preview: The constitutionality, as well as the common sense and fairness of collective bargaining for teachers and other public employees, has been brought to the fore by events in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and other states. Of particular note and immediate importance are attempts to balance state budgets and eliminate growing state deficits— and the protests organized to fight such efforts. In addition to supporting the public employee unions and opposing Governor Walker and the majority of legislators in the Wisconsin dispute, President Obama has made the dangerous decision to allow collective bargaining by employees of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). [Read Online]

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46. SPACE POLICY AND THE CONSTITUTION #4 [Former Senator Schmitt Proposes Dismantling of NASA and Creation of a New, National Space Exploration Administration (NSEA)]

Preview: Is there a path forward for United States’ space policy? When a new President takes office in 2013, he or she should propose to Congress that we start space policy and its administration from scratch. A new agency, the National Space Exploration Administration (NSEA), should be charged with specifically enabling America’s and its partners’ exploration of deep space, inherently stimulating education, technology, and national focus. The existing component parts of NASA should be spread among other agencies with the only exception being activities related to U.S. obligations to its partners in the International Space Station (ISS). [Read Online]

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47. SPACE POLICY AND THE CONSTITUTION #5 [Former Senator Schmitt Reflects on America’s Space Program: Past, Present and Future]

Preview: The 42nd Anniversary of humankind’s first lunar landing by Apollo 11 on July 20, 2011, followed by the return of STS-135 on the next day, concluding the final flight of a United States Space Shuttle, places a capstone on the remarkable accomplishments of the post-Apollo generations of space engineers, builders and operators. Those of us who were in attendance at the launch of Atlantis on July 8, 2011, felt both pride in this final accomplishment and sadness at another unnecessary, ill-conceived and excessively prolonged break in America’s commitment to lead humankind in space. Pad 39A, the Vehicle Assembly Building, and the Crawler Transporter stand in the Florida sunshine as still functional but unwanted relics of past glories. [Read Online]

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48. NATIONAL DEBT AND THE CONSTITUTION (Former Senator Schmitt Says Congress’s Select Committee for Debt Reduction Is a Bad Idea and Questions its Constitutionality)

Preview: Among many bad ideas out of Washington over the last century, one of the worst may be the twelve-member congressional Joint Select Committee on Debt Reduction, created by the so-called “Budget Control Act of 2011″. More critically, this Committee’s existence as a source of federal legislation is unconstitutional. [Read Online]

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49. SPACE POLICY AND THE CONSTITUTION #6 (America’s Deep Space Vision: Settlement of the Moon and Mars versus Asteroid Visits)

Preview: America’s eroding geopolitical stature, highlighted by the July 21, 2011, end to flights of the United States Space Shuttle, has reached crisis proportions. Obama Administration officials now spin the nebulous thought of Astronauts flying many months to an undetermined asteroid in 2025 as an actual “National Space Policy”. On the other hand, Republican candidates for President have not yet recognized the importance of international civil space competition in the federal government’s constitutional function to provide for the nation’s “common defence”. Candidates appear to be uninterested in having the United States lead deep space exploration, including the establishment of American settlements on the Moon; or may actually consider Obama’s unfocused proposals as being credible rather than realizing that those proposals would transfer geopolitical dominance to China and control of American space transport to Russia. [Read Online]

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50. ENERGY POLICY AND THE CONSTITUTION #2 (Obama’s Anti-Keystone Pipeline Decision: The Latest in Unconstitutional Moves in Energy Policy)

Preview: Conscious and deliberate decisions by President Obama and his Administration reduce future domestic supplies of energy. These actions violate the President’s constitutional mandate to “provide for the common Defence.”

The withholding of approval for the development of the Keystone Pipeline to bring Canadian crude oil to refineries in the United States constitutes merely the latest in these unconstitutional moves against maintaining national security. In aggregate, Obama’s restrictions on use of domestically available energy increase the Nation’s vulnerability to unstable and unfriendly foreign energy sources. Simultaneously, the military and essential industries lose access to secure supplies of fuels and electricity. [Read Online]

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51. CLIMATE AND THE CONSTITUTION #9 (Former Senator Schmitt Summarizes the Major Constitutional Limits on Climate Change Policy)

Preview: The Constitution of the United States of America sets clear limits on the powers of the Federal Government and permits exercise of those powers only in specifically enumerated activities that relate to providing for the “common defence”, promoting the “general Welfare”, and securing “the Blessings of Liberty” to all Americans and future Americans. The first ten Amendments to the Constitution, and the 14th Amendment, further limit the powers of Federal and State Governments relative to the rights of the people, leave to the people those natural rights not specifically protected, and reserve all un-enumerated powers to the States. Other Amendments expand the powers of the Federal Government but, again, only within specified limits. [Read Online]

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52. HEALTHCARE AND THE CONSTITUTION #4 (Former Senator Schmitt Advocates Continued and Specific Constitutional Challenges to Obamacare’s Nationalization of Healthcare)

Preview: The “Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act of 2010” (Obamacare) and many of its specific sections remain unconstitutional in spite of the recent Supreme Court decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. The Constitution is what it is; no Supreme Court decision can legitimately amend that fundamental document. The Amendment process remains as defined in Article V. Neither Article III (judicial power) nor Marbury v. Madison (Supreme Court determines constitutionality) gives the Court comparable amendment power. Nor does Article III confer the legislative power to the Court it assumes in changing an Act of Congress to read that a “penalty” is a “tax” and not a penalty. [Read Online]

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53. FOREIGN POLICY AND THE CONSTITUTION #4 (Former Senator Schmitt Notes the Strategic Importance of Exploration to America)

Preview: Major national milestones have occurred with the recent passing of Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the Moon, and this month’s 40th Anniversary of Apollo 17, America’s last mission of exploration to that small planet. They provide an opportunity to examine how great ventures play a strategic role in the growth and survival of the United States.
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