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Lincoln Journal Star Article on February 19 Sovereignty Hearing Requires Commments

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The Lincoln Journal Star carried an article about the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee hearing that was held on Friday entitled “Bill Would Give Voice to States’ Rights”.

This article requires parsing and needs to be commented on by those who support the Constitution and a return to a truly Federalist Republic.

Before presenting an analysis of the article, I want to be sure to urge everyone to go to the Lincoln Journal Star’s online version of this article and leave a comment. As is always the case, the radical left has “staked out the joint” and descended upon the article there, spewing their usual nonsense. As part of our effort to educate and win one battle in the war of ideas, I think we need to vow from now on to make comment on these issues on the Lincoln Journal Star’s website.

LJS SOV Article with arrowTo leave a comment on any LJS article, just click on the “Discussion” tab in the upper left hand corner of the article’s frame.

Click HERE to go to Sovereignty article.

So, let the analysis begin with the title of the article and the subject of “states’ rights”.

States do not have rights, citizens do. States have powers.

The bias of The Lincoln Journal Star – its bent (not lean) to the left is laid bare – right out of the gate. Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Bill Avery used the phrase “states’ rights” repeatedly during the hearing for L.R. 292, along with every other leftist argument used in opposition to adhering to Constitutional principles. More on Senator Avery later.

Before dealing with the Committee Chairman further, it’s important to focus on words. Another phrase (or variations of it) used more than once during the hearing: “Words have meaning”. True. Words do have meaning. Using “states rights” instead of “state sovereignty” is as important a distinction as the constantly incorrectly used “democracy” instead of “republic”. After incorrectly used words are repeated often enough, important distinctions are lost and entire generations of Americans think they live in a democracy – the form of government otherwise known as tyranny of the majority.

The State Sovereignty issue has to do with the proper roles of the Federal and State governments in our Republic and questions regarding what powers have been vested in each by the people, through the Constitution. Sovereignty resolutions, such as L.R. 292, are an effort to begin the conversation about how the roles of both the Federal and States have been nearly totally reversed. As noted by the Resolution’s sponsor, Senator Tony Fulton:

“There is always tension between Washington and the states,” he said. “In my opinion the federal government exercises too much authority over our lives as senators and the lives of our constituents.”

The Journal Star framed their article based on the premise of Senator Bill Avery. When arguments are framed on false pretenses, the whole discussion is skewed.

Nebraskans should be very concerned about a public servant who clearly has no real understanding of the proper meaning for basic words and phrases that define our form of government. Nebraskans should be alarmed that this same public servant was once a professor at the largest institution of higher learning in the state. Apparently he spent his career filling the heads of young people who took his classes with the same wrong-headed notions he laid bare in Friday’s Committee hearing through his questions.

Avery’s questions made clear that states don’t have “rights” anymore. For him, the “question” was settled at the time of the Civil War. He referred to the United States as a “nation state” and asked testifiers about possible actions to follow L.R. 292, referencing succession, Civil War, and slavery. He further noted that “federalism” won out in the debate about “states rights”.

Senator Avery doesn’t understand what federalism is. Our federalist republic, as originally intended at the writing of the Constitution, was designed to prevent power from being consolidated into one central governmental entity. The Framers’ study of history had taught them that the only sustainable republics were those that were small. Anticipating America’s growth into a large nation, power was balanced and divided. Balanced by the separation of powers – divided so as to encourage local control. Federal government was to have a brief list of powers – enumerated in Article I, Section 8. To prevent that power consolidation, those powers not enumerated were reserved to the States and to the people.

Bill Avery is an intelligent man, but a mind is a terrible thing to waste. If that mind were not involved in affecting public policy and therefore Nebraskans’ liberties, the misdirection of his intelligence would be no business of mine or anyone else’s. But since he is a Nebraska legislator, it is a problem that should concern us all.

Senator Avery seems quite confident in his position regarding sovereignty. The Journal Star article ends with a quote from him:

“What makes us strong is not having dual sovereignty.”

A question for Senator Avery: “If we no longer have dual sovereignty, why do we need you, Senator?”

Nebraska does not need a Senator who doesn’t see the necessity of the governmental body in which he serves. If Nebraska were not sovereign, we wouldn’t even need a legislative body.

Our legislature needs representatives in it who understand the proper role of government and know what duties they are elected to perform. One of Senator Avery’s jobs is to stand watch over the encroachment of the Federal government within Nebraska, to guard against it’s encroachment on my liberties and yours.

Senator Avery is up for re-election this year. He represents District 28. The filing deadline for candidates is March 1. We need to find out of there is anyone planning on running against him in the next few days, and if not, find a candidate committed to the Constitution and get them to file.

We have much work to do here in Nebraska to restore the proper division between Federal and State government and we need Senators in the Unicameral who are willing to do that work.

The Lincoln Journal Star, as the second largest newspaper in the state, situated in the State’s Capital, should return to reporting news, not taking positions. Apparently the reporter didn’t talk to or choose to use any quotes from any of the 150 citizens who showed up at the hearing or to quote from any of their testimony. The only quotes included in the article, outside of those from testimony, were from Bill Avery.

And that brings us full circle. In our efforts to educate and advocate, we need to comment upon articles in the Journal Star consistently, as many of us as possible. We need to call them on their biases and we need to respond to the comments made by the loud and active opponents of Constitutionalism. Please take a moment to visit their site and if you have the time, write a letter to the Editor.

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Grassroots Nebraska *ACTION ALERT* & Updates August 27

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Synopsis of this post:

  • Rep. Fortenberry to conduct town halls today in Lincoln
  • Request for input regarding LEA’s Health Care Rally at the Capitol
  • CONFERENCE CALL FOR ENTIRE GROUP IN LIEU OF MEETING
  • Advice on receiving timely information

Send emails to lincolnteaparty AT gmail DOT com

FORTENBERRY TOWNHALLS
Thanks to Wendy for passing along the fact that Rep. Jeff Fortenberry will be conducting town hall meetings in Lincoln today.
As Wendy noted, the capacity at Lincoln Southwest is approximately 350 people. In the event there may be a large turnout, it would be advised to arrive early.
Note that at both the Sen. Nelson townhall and LEA rally, there were buses of people brought in from outside of Lincoln to enlarge the number of “pro-reform supporters”.
No signs are allowed at the People’s City Mission as it is private property, but there are signs allowed at the high school.
If you would like to have a sign, but don’t have time to make one, Wendy had a local artist make about a dozen of them and is more than happy to lend them out during an event, please just be sure to return them. She will be at the evening event…just look for the nice gal with a lot of signs that are pro-freedom and anti-socialized medicine.

Fortenberry Town Hall Meetings
Thursday, August 27, 2009

People’s City Mission Town Hall Meeting
People’s City Mission
110 Q St., Lincoln
2:00pm

Lincoln Southwest High School Town Hall Meeting
Lincoln Southwest High School
7001 S 14th St., Lincoln
7:00pm

REQUEST FOR INPUT REGARDING LEA’S HEALTH CARE RALLY AT THE CAPITOL

Anyone who read the email alerts this week are aware that the Lincoln Education Association held a rally at the Capitol in support of “health care reform”.
If you didn’t read the email that was sent, please read THIS POST on the Grassroots in Nebraska public blog.

As noted, I made an effort to let people in our group and on our email list know this event was going to take place despite how short of notice there was. About twenty people who’d been contacted gathered together.

Because I am working on the film project and host a radio show every Tuesday evening, I realized I couldn’t attend myself, so I communicated with Linda Rohman regarding the efforts and communications and asked her to coordinate things to whatever extent seemed necessary.

From multiple independent accounts, the “pro-reformers” at the rally, including those who had been bused in, were determined to cause trouble with the group in opposition although they were simply quietly and respectfully listening to the speakers.

To be blunt, the behavior of many in attendance was disgraceful. Linda will be writing up a report, but in the meantime, it is likely best to listen to her report given immediately following the rally on my weekly radio show. Myself and my co-host talked to Linda for about twenty-five minutes after the opening monologue and then again for about thirty minutes after we had another guest.
Link to Constitutional Liberty Coalition radio show
Raw link to radio show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/GrizzlyGroundswell/2009/08/26/The-Constitutional-Liberty-Coalition-gets-Grizzly-with-Stubborn-Facts

In addition to the behavior of those in attendance, I believe the TV news reports on the event were….less than accurate.
I saw most of the Omaha Ch. 3 and part of the Ch. 10/11 KOLN reports. By all accounts, the headline should have been how poorly the “pro” attendees conducted themselves, about the number of scuffles that occurred, and how adults treated a twelve year old boy. This was not how the story was reported. Both channels I saw played up how many people attended, showing footage of Capitol Police placing cones in the street and commenting, “The crowd was so large, police had to shut down one lane of the street.”
On Ch. 10 / 11, the reporter noted that there was anger at her from “one side” because she was covering the “other”.

Perhaps most outrageously, the Lincoln Journal Star noted at the bottom of a photo, “the mostly calm Vote Yes rally was disrupted”.
I have no idea as of yet how many people attended, but based on footage I saw and noting the attendance in the same location in April, it appears like a fairly accurate count by the Journal Star, which was noted as 600.
I couldn’t find a full article or report on the event, and perhaps I’ve overlooked it. If the comments under the photos noted are any indicator, however, I can fill in the blanks on what the story may have been like.
The Journal Star seems to have selective accuracy “issues”. To review, there was confirmed attendance of 400 at our April 11 event, and 300 – 325 at our July 4 event. LJS reported 250 and 150 respectively.

**Information and opinions requested**
Of course, I am not surprised at the media bias that was employed here.
What I would like is:

  • Anyone who was in attendance, if they have the time, send me a few sentences to a paragraph of their perspective on what occurred, how many people they think were in attendance, and / or any opinions regarding news coverage they saw
  • Opinions on what should be done in this instance or any like it in the future

PLEASE help me to gather these emails by using the following subject line: LEA RALLY & MEDIA COVERAGE

I have not as of yet had the opportunity to visit with Linda since the radio show, but intend to do so today regarding her thoughts on the subject.

**CONFERENCE CALL FOR ALL INTERESTED PARTIES IN LIEU OF A MEETING – PLEASE RSVP**

Because of all of the traveling I’ve done recently and more to come in less than a week, I simply do not have the time to do what is required to convene a physical meeting for the month of August.
Although that is a fact, I would like to bring the group together to communicate about what has occurred since the last meeting and to discuss future activities.
The best compromise I can find is to conduct a conference call for that purpose.

Date and Time for Call: Monday, August 31, 7:00pm

I have conducted conference calls with 30 – 40 people on the line several times this summer to discuss the Cap & Trade bill and have found they can be done in an orderly and productive manner, IF particular procedures are followed and an agenda adhered to. The capacity for the conference line I use is actually capable of handling 150 participants.

If you are interested in participating in the call, please RSVP with a subject line of “AUG 31 CONFERENCE CALL – YES” and I will send you the call in number and access code. I don’t believe it is a good idea to broadcast the number to the entire mailing list.

The tentative agenda for the call would be as follows:

  • Review of Tenth Amendment movement by Nebraska Senators
  • Brief round up of local health care town halls and LEA rally
  • Report on results of Lincoln City Budget effort
  • Report from TV Group on activities and future plans
  • Potential for tv and radio advertising
  • Call for additional volunteers to handle particular activities
  • Status of our upcoming town hall event
  • Discussion of potential rally

ADVICE ON RECEIVING INFORMATION QUICKLY

Sending out email to the entire list is a time consuming task. I continue to pursue easier solutions and have found a temporary workable solution. Although I will never post some information on a public site, some information, such as these recent town halls and rallies, can be communicated very quickly through our public blog:

Grassroots in Nebraska blog

If you subscribe by clicking on “profile” under the heading “Subscribe Here for Alerts” on the right side bar, you will receive a daily digest via email of any new postings. When the situation warrants, either Wendy or myself will turn the email frequency to immediate so everyone who has subscribed can receive an email as soon as an item is posted.