Home

Minnesota Gun Rights: A Bipartisan Attack on the 2nd Amendment

2 Comments

Editors Note: Quote from Australia:  “We can’t even defend ourselves….they disarmed us.”  The goal of all these incremental pieces of legislation are focused on eventually taking away your right to self defense.  Your guns represent no threat to the government as the weapons they are equipping our law enforcement departments with would render them useless anyway.  BUT!! What they are after is the psychological impact that would ripple across the country when the right to self defense against government tyranny has been totally destroyed.  And once this right is totally destroyed….you can only imagine how threatening government on any level would become. (end note:)

 

In the middle of the night, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a massive gun control package as part of the Public Safety Omnibus Bill by a vote of 70-64!

This bill (Senate File 802) brings both ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ AND ‘Universal Gun Registration’ legislation onto the books here in Minnesota!

As you know, ‘Red Flag Gun Seizures’ would allow almost anyone to make a complaint with a judge and have your firearms confiscated for life — before you’ve been arrested, charged, or convicted of anything!

And Universal Gun Registration legislation would make felons out of countless Minnesota grandfathers who pass on their family firearms to their grandchildren, unless they first beg for government permission.

To see our LIVE recap on Facebook, click here or on the image below!

To watch this video on YouTube instead — GO HERE!

This just happened and I need you to take immediate action as this bill is going to the Senate where it could be voted on at any moment!

Please send this PRE-WRITTEN EMAIL to your Senator right away, insisting that they kill this bill!

Senate File 802 is the nightmare bill that we have been fighting against since election night last year, and, with the House having passed this combined gun control bill — our freedoms are now in the hands of the Senate.

And as you know, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka has been open to making a deal with gun-grabbers all session.

Even worse, with Senate Republican Caucus members like Scott Jensen and Paul Anderson already openly supporting versions of this legislation in the past, we can’t take anything for granted! More

The House Fiscal Year 2019 Budget and Its Effect on Seniors

Leave a comment

 

 

The House Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 would make cuts to the Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs and repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), actions which would be harmful to millions of Americans.

The House Budget Resolution for FY 2019, introduced by House Budget Committee Chairman Steve Womack (R-AR), was approved by the House of Representatives Budget Committee on June 21, 2018.  This budget proposes drastic cuts in federal spending for programs of importance to most low- and middle-income Americans while protecting nearly $2 trillion in tax cuts, which mainly benefit the very wealthy and large profitable corporations and dramatically increase our deficits and debt.  This paper summarizes some of the key proposals in the House Republican FY 2019 budget resolution that would affect seniors and people with disabilities who rely on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Medicare

The budget resolution proposes $537 billion in cuts to Medicare which would be achieved by ending traditional Medicare and increasing health care costs for beneficiaries.  Chairman Womack’s plan assumes savings for the federal government by privatizing Medicare and shifting costs to Medicare beneficiaries.

Privatizing Medicare with Vouchers/Premium Support Payments

Under premium support, when people become eligible for Medicare they would not enroll in the current traditional Medicare program which provides guaranteed benefits.  Rather they would receive a voucher, also referred to as a premium support payment, to be used to purchase private health insurance or traditional Medicare through a Medicare Exchange.  The amount of the voucher would be determined each year when private health insurance plans and traditional Medicare participate in a competitive bidding process.  Seniors choosing a plan costing more than the average amount determined through competitive bidding would be required to pay the difference between the voucher and the plan’s premium.  In some geographic areas, traditional Medicare could be more expensive.  This would make it harder for seniors, particularly lower-income beneficiaries, to choose their own doctors if their only affordable options are private plans that have limited provider networks.  Wealthier Medicare beneficiaries would be required to pay a greater share of their premiums than lower-income seniors.

More

John W. Whitehead to Appear in ‘The Root: Excessive Force’ Documentary

2 Comments

RutherfordHeader_2This press release is also available at www.rutherford.org.

John W. Whitehead to Appear in ‘The Root: Excessive Force’ Documentary on TheBlazeTV (5/21, 5 pm ET), to Discuss Loss of Civil Liberties in a Police State

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead will appear in “The Root: Excessive whitehad bokForce,” a special documentary hosted by Glenn Beck about what happens to civil liberties when the government favors police state tactics such as lockdowns, SWAT team raids, and mass surveillance. “The Root: Excessive Force” will air at 5 pm EST on May 21, 2015, TheBlazeTV. The airing of the documentary coincides with the Obama administration’s release of a 120-page “Task Force on 21st Century Policing” report and the announcement that the president will limit some of the military weapons being passed along to local police departments.

“It remains to be seen whether this overture on Obama’s part, coming in the midst of heightened tensions between the nation’s police forces and the populace they’re supposed to protect, opens the door to actual reform or is merely a political gambit to appease the masses all the while further acclimating the populace to life in a police state,” stated Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People. “Certainly, on its face, the ban does nothing to roll back the deadly menace of overzealous police agencies corrupted by money, power and institutional immunity. And it certainly fails to recognize the terrible toll that has been inflicted on our communities, our fragile ecosystem of a democracy, and our freedoms as a result of the government’s determination to bring the war home.”

Congress launched the 1033 Program in the 1980s to allow the Department of Defense to transfer surplus military goods to state and local police agencies. The 1033 program has grown dramatically, with some 13,000 police agencies in all 50 states and four US territories currently participating. In 2012, the federal government transferred $546 million worth of property to state and local police agencies. This 1033 program allows small towns like Rising Star, Texas, with a population of 835 and only one full-time police officer, to acquire $3.2 million worth of goods and military gear from the federal government over the course of fourteen months. Military equipment sent to small towns has included high-powered weapons, assault vehicles and tactical gear. However, after it was discovered that local police agencies were failing to keep inventories of their acquired firearms and in some cases, selling the equipment for a profit, the transfer of firearms was temporarily suspended until October 2013. Police agencies have also been given a variety of other toys and gizmos, including “aircraft, boats, Humvees, body armor, weapon scopes, infrared imaging systems and night-vision goggles,” not to mention more general items such as “bookcases, hedge trimmers, telescopes, brassieres, golf carts, coffee makers and television sets.”

In addition to equipping police with militarized weapons and equipment, the government has also instituted an incentive program of sorts, the Byrne Formula Grant Program, which awards federal grants based upon “the number of overall arrests, the number of warrants served or the number of drug seizures.” A sizable chunk of taxpayer money has kept the program in full swing over the years. The Clinton administration funded the program with about $500 million. By 2008, the Bush administration had reduced the budget to about $170 million, less out of concern for the militarization of police forces and more to reduce federal influence on law enforcement matters. However, Obama boosted the program, using the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to inject $2 billion into the program. As a result of local police forces receiving militarized equipment and grants, heavily armed SWAT teams have also been increasingly used to carry out routine police procedures such as routine search warrants. Consequently, SWAT team raids, which once numbered a few thousand per year in the 1980s, have grown to over 80,000 per year.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Nisha Whitehead
(434) 978-3888 ext. 604
(434) 466-6168 (cell)
nisha@rutherford.org

THE RUTHERFORD INSTITUTE
Post Office Box 7482
Charlottesville, VA 22906-7482
Phone: (434) 978-3888
http://www.rutherford.org

The Rutherford Institute. Founded in 1982 by constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute is a civil liberties organization that provides free legal services to people whose constitutional and human rights have been threatened or violated.

Under the regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service, The Rutherford Institute is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization. Donations to support The Rutherford Institute’s legal and educational work help to safeguard the constitutional rights and religious freedoms of all Americans. Donations are tax-deductible. In compliance with general industry standards of a nonprofit organization, the Institute is audited annually by an independent accounting firm.

Copyright © 2015 The Rutherford Institute, All rights reserved.

 

Militarization Is More Than Tanks and Rifles: It’s a Cultural Disease, Acclimating the Citizenry to Life in a Police State

6 Comments

This commentary is also
available at www.rutherford.org.

By John W. Whitehead
May 19, 2015

whitehad bokIf we’re training cops as soldiers, giving them equipment like soldiers, dressing them up as soldiers, when are they going to pick up the mentality of soldiers? If you look at the police department, their creed is to protect and to serve. A soldier’s mission is to engage his enemy in close combat and kill him. Do we want police officers to have that mentality? Of course not.”— Arthur Rizer, former civilian police officer and member of the military

Talk about poor timing. Then again, perhaps it’s brilliant timing.

Only now—after the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security (DHS) and Defense have passed off billions of dollars worth of military equipment to local police forces, after police agencies have been trained in the fine art of war, after SWAT team raids have swelled in number to more than 80,000 a year, after it has become second nature for local police to look and act like soldiers, after communities have become acclimated to the presence of militarized police patrolling their streets, after Americans have been taught compliance at the end of a police gun or taser, after lower income neighborhoods have been transformed into war zones, after hundreds if not thousands of unarmed Americans have lost their lives at the hands of police who shoot first and ask questions later, after a whole generation of young Americans has learned to march in lockstep with the government’s dictates—only now does President Obama lift a hand to limit the number of military weapons being passed along to local police departments.

Not all, mind you, just some.

Talk about too little, too late.

Months after the White House defended a federal program that distributed $18 billion worth of military equipment to local police, Obama has announced that he will ban the federal government from providing local police departments with tracked armored vehicles, weaponized aircraft and vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, camouflage uniforms and large-caliber firearms.

More

Childish Wonder and Adult Plunder

Leave a comment

strip banner

new-logo25By R.E. Sutherland, M.Ed./sciences

____________________________________________

“It adopted the Prussian socialist model for the training programs. It teaches American children false facts and bad math, which has caused the scores of the once top students of the world to plunge into “worst in the world”.

____________________________________________

popuGovernments move billions of people toward preselected goals. How do they perform the task? For two millenniums earthlings have been mentally guided without much awareness of how this is performed. It is time to come out of the Mental Mush Age, and into Cognitive Conscious of the great controlling factor in our lives. It is good to use logic and to think for oneself.

This author holds degrees in sciences, as well as public education certification. Also, a short three year tenure of teaching inside the Catholic parochial school was both amazing, rewarding, and eye-opening about the huge influence that controls the minds of Americans. Combined with research into the legal history of the United States, there is a “voila” moment about how we are controlled, and it is global. More

STOP THE CORPORATE POWER GRAB IN OHIO

2 Comments

 

 stop-banner

www.ohioact.org

STOP THE CORPORATE POWER GRAB IN OHIO

Vote    NO on Issue 2  

Issue 2 is an inappropriate use of the Ohio constitution, and would set a dangerous precedent by creating a permanent place for special interests in the constitution.

On November 3, Vote NO!

 NO to corporate and special interest takeover of our Ohio constitution

NO to unchecked power and new layers of unaccountable bureaucracy over our livestock farmers

NO to a new board acting as judge, jury and executioner of all animal agriculture policies in Ohio

NO to expanded state government

NO to an appointed board of political cronies who could radically shift livestock standards in any direction

NO to giveaways for factory farms in the Ohio constitution  

Don’t allow special interests to hijack the state constitution: Vote NO on ISSUE 2

Poster by Ohio Against Constitutional Takeover: http://www.ohioact.org



%d bloggers like this: