Stephen A. Emery
for pro-life, pro-traditional family,
pro-gun, pro-private enterprise,
responsible immigration representation.
…for ordered liberty according to the constitution as originally intended.
Just eight men own as much wealth as 3.6 billion people–about half of the world population. In the United States, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett are wealthier than half of everyone else. The wealth of the top 1 percent surpasses $100 trillion which is more than the global GDP and all central bank balance sheets. Amassing this kind of wealth, and therefore power, in a few hands could not occur apart from the private corporation. This seems inequitable to many people, but it is not new. It would have seemed inequitable to the Founders of this nation too. They recognized that the corporation essentially is a tool to enslave the masses. They fought the Revolutionary/American War, in part, to free themselves from the private corporation—the East India Tea Company. The company rose to account for half of the world’s trade. The company subjugated the colonists economically and the Colonists’ response to it was the Boston Tea Party and then the War.
After the War, the Founders of this nation addressed this issue, and others, through the Title of Nobility Clauses (anti-nobility clauses ) in the Constitution to prevent economic slavery from reoccurring through the private corporation. The nobility of the British empire also were aware of the excesses of the private corporation and big government. Lord Acton captured the sentiment of the Founders in his statement that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. History supports his claim.
Government needs to be decentralized and economic/business activity needs to be decentralized too. The private corporation, which is a fictional creation of the government, limits liability, provides for a perpetual existence, and provides a mechanism that allows wealth, and therefore power, to concentrate in a few hands, unnaturally. Each of those characteristics works counter to individual liberty and the proper purposes of government. The proper purpose of government is to hold people accountable for their actions, not to allow people to escape responsibility for their misconduct through use of the corporate form. The private corporation is just another way for the government to redistribute wealth and power to the elite. Redistribution of wealth to the elite, or even the poor, is not a proper function of government.
The proper economic system is private enterprise, i.e., through individual merit, not corporate enterprise, capitalism, socialism, or communism. Venezuela, where people are starving to death, is a typical example of the consequences of socialism and communism. History indicates that when monopolies are broken up, economic activity flourishes. The break-up of Standard Oil, AT&T and the Bell Telephone Company are useful examples of that effect. The loss of the Netscape browser and the Tucker automobile company because the anti-trust laws were not enforced as written are typical examples of mega private corporations suppressing productive economic activity and innovation. Banning the private corporation would be a tremendous engine for economic growth and stability and personal responsibility, achievement, and innovation. Wealth obtained through the use of force, including the government, is counterproductive and oppressive to the masses.
President Eisenhower warned us of the military-industrial complex. It couldn’t exist but for the private corporation. It demands to be fed massive amounts of money from the federal treasury and it advocates for war. It is a threat to the well-being of this nation’s citizens and people throughout the world.
I have observed that catastrophic environmental damage occurs through the private corporation where it otherwise would not have. If the “bottom line” favors polluting, corporations pollute due to the limitation-of-liability shield. Much legislation, including that which allows for H1-b visas and O-1 visas, is passed to promote the interests of the corporation.
Currently there is no such thing as a “free press” as referenced in the Constitution—at least not as the Founders understood that term. Essentially, only the unelected decision-makers in the private media corporations currently have a “free press.” Even though they, along with the legal profession, are not elected, they effectively are arms of the government and have as much, or more influence, as any elected official.
Many years ago, Congress provided at least a partial remedy by passing the Sherman Antitrust Act to address the excesses of the “robber barons” of the mid to late 1800s, but the big government courts refuse to enforce it as written. The courts enforce other Acts of Congress as written; in fact, judges openly state that they must enforce statutes as written unless it would be illogical to do so. Judges do not claim that enforcing the Sherman Act as written would be illogical. Judges say only that they don’t want the Act to have the expansive affect that it would have if they did so. Congress has the prerogative to determine the affect of legislation, not judges. History has repeated. The Judiciary and the Executive must be compelled to enforce the Sherman Act as written to address the modern day “robber barons.”
Enforcement of the anti-nobility clauses would be an effective remedy to address the economic slavery of today through the corporation and government. I would advocate and vote for the courts to enforce the Sherman Antitrust Act as written to diminish the mega multi-national corporation, which ships American jobs overseas, imports foreign workers under H-1b and O-1 visas, and is a hindrance to economic growth, and for an economic structure that favors individuals having their own businesses.
Supposedly, there is a “need” for immigration so the corporations can have cheap labor, and there is a shortage of labor for the livestock industry and other labor intensive categories. Nearly 75 percent of the workers in those industries are foreigners. We wouldn’t have a shortage in labor if we hadn’t killed 60 million babies through abortion, along with all of their children and grandchildren. We have an immigration problem because of the gross immorality of abortion!
The decree of the Creator for mankind to take dominion over the earth and subdue it and to be fruitful and multiply should be pursued. This mandate directs the full and responsible utilization of the earth’s natural resources, which includes elevating the needs of people over animals and plants.
Everybody wants clean air and water for themselves and others, except for a few corporate operatives, so whether there should be clear air and water is not the issue. The issue is whether the Creator will be obeyed or whether the creation will be worshiped. There is no rational basis for much of what is done in the name of the environment. For example, the heavy-handed federal government has turned the San Joaquin Valley, which used to be a fertile, productive area for growing food, into a wasteland by diverting water that would have been used for people and agriculture to try to remove some sediment from a river to supposedly benefit an imported salmon species. The federal government is taking control of agricultural lands throughout the nation on the basis that they are associated with navigable waterways which has led to a $2.8 million dollar fine being imposed on a farmer for plowing his field. A $450,000 fine has been levied against property owners for cutting down trees on their own land! If you kill the wrong spider you could go to jail! Millions of acres are roped off for a frog. Locally, this type of government regulation has prevented the development of a water source by the water board for rural families because a particular plant might be adversely affected even though there is no proof whatsoever of any harm to the plant species or the environment. In fact, all the proof indicates otherwise.
Man-made global warming is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on mankind. It is a Jonathan Gruber “Yeah, we lied to the stupid American people” kind of fraud. It is fear-mongering to establish a massive tax and spend scheme to destroy the United States through wealth transfer. Look at the Paris Climate Accord–the United States is the only country with any real obligations and they are crippling.
The man-made global warming fraud is easily disproved. First of all, the proponents of this fraud have the burden of proving it, and they haven’t and can’t. Second, there aren’t any facts using the scientific method of observability, testability, and repeatability in support of man-made global warming. Believe it or not, that is indisputable. The system is simply too large to do a global test–let alone repeated, double-blind ones. The proponents of it, at best, use small experiments and make conclusions from those results through extrapolation. That requires many, many inferences, and they make unwarranted ones. For example, the leading man-made global warming proponents say its getting warmer because its getting colder!?!? That should be enough for this failed hypothesis (it’s not even a scientific theory, let alone not a scientific law) to be discredited, but there is more.
The weather does change, and sometimes there are very warm days–even record setting temperatures, but that always has been the case. Supposed incrementally higher average temperatures are part of the man-made global warming fraud, but weather recording stations in the past were in the country and now those areas are developed which completely accounts for the very small increase in temperature data–if any! Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a so-called “greenhouse gas” but increasing levels of CO2 are completely consumed by plants, and oxygen is produced as a byproduct, in proportion to the increase. Plant production increases with increasing levels of CO2. That is basic principal of science/agronomy/horticulture. Any competent horticulturist knows that a greenhouse, if anything, is an oxygen rich environment, not a CO2 rich environment! The “Chicken Littles” have been saying the “sky is falling” for many decades through “greenhouse gas” and other similar baseless messages. The “sky” hasn’t fallen and it won’t! I can go on and on, but when the underlying basis for this hoax is investigated, it all falls apart.
The federal constitution does not provide any basis whatsoever for this kind of regulation and it is contrary to the proper purposes of government. A “people first” environmental policy includes the immediate transfer of all undeveloped land in control of the federal government to the citizens of this country first and what is left over to the States.
Who wants a bureaucrat in Washington, D.C. to dictate to them how they should conduct their affairs? The federal government is taking control of agricultural lands throughout the nation on the basis that they are associated with navigable waterways which has led to a $2.8 million dollar fine being imposed on a farmer for plowing his field. The government also is taking control of the land through vertical integration by the mega multinational corporation that controls everything from what is produced all the way through to the sale of the product to foreign nations which eventually results in all of the profits going to the elite and the people being reduced to a state of slavery. A free people should be able to make decisions as to how to responsibly conduct his/her operations, and their decision-making should be based on private enterprise, rather than being dictated by the government.
The family farming operation, rather than corporate farming, is the best form of agriculture because family farmers care for the land, water, and livestock. It also supports rural communities. The highest priority of corporations that are not owned by family farmers is profit, which overrides all other concerns. The corporate form is the root cause of the decline of rural communities.
Incumbents, who support a big, all-encompassing government, have presided over the continuing decay of rural communities through the promotion of mega-corporation-friendly farm bills. I recommend diminishing mega, non-family, low-employment corporations which, if successful, will tend to rejuvenate rural communities through more farms and increased populations, and therefore goods and services, in rural communities.
Currently, tariffs are having a dramatically negative effect on farmers in the United States. First of all, who is benefiting from the tariffs? Mega multinational corporations are, and all of benefits obtained come at the expense of farmers income! However, the issue could be resolved, at least in part, by addressing the massive subsidies that the European Union (EU) pays their farmers to produce massive amounts of products. Their excess is then sold at a minimal price.
In effect, the United States Taxpayer pays subsidies to EU farmers because we pay for the defense of Europe by having military bases in the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and throughout Europe, and we pay the lion’s share of the expenses for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ($627 billion just for NATO!). Because we pay for Europe’s defense, the EU has money to pay these massive subsidies. If the United States gets out of Europe and NATO, then the EU will have to pay for its own defense and won’t have money to subsidize its farmers.
Essentially, the United States and Europe are the only reserve producers of agricultural products. There are other countries that export, but they cannot make up for the reserve production of the Europeans. If Europe is made to pay for their own defense, and therefore unable to provide massive subsidies to their farmers, the United States will be able to compete without a Farm Program. China won’t have a choice. They’ll have to buy from us!
The American farmer is the original entrepreneur in this country. All he/she wants is a level playing field. By providing for Europe’s defense, the United States Taxpayer not only subsidizes European farmers, but also is required to subsidize American farmers to enable them to compete with EU subsidized products. We are working against ourselves!
Currently, there is a shortage of labor for the livestock industry and other labor intensive categories of industry. Nearly 75 percent of the workers in those industries are foreigners. We wouldn’t have a shortage in labor if we hadn’t killed 60 million babies through abortion, along with all of their children and grandchildren. We have an immigration problem because of the gross immorality of abortion!
I am an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment, including the right to personally bear arms. As a gun owner, I defend the right to personally keep and bear arms. I support the right of all law-abiding citizens to use Constitutional carry to protect themselves and their loved ones. I also support “stand your ground” self-defense. The personal right to keep and bear arms (PDF ) is fundamental to who we are in this country.
The federal debt is over 20 trillion dollars. Entitlement programs consume about 60% of the federal budget. Then there is “intragovernmental” debt and “implicit debt” that runs the “tab” to over 120 trillion dollars. Surprisingly, that is not all. Federal government “mandates,” which also are almost always entitlements, essentially control 60% of State governments’ budgets too! That means you may owe hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars to the governments’ creditors.
The legal precedent to collect it from you through judicial fiat is currently in place because welfare recipients are considered to have a Constitutional right to their entitlements and you must pay until you don’t have any more assets to collect. That’s right. The unelected federal judiciary already has set precedent that empowers them to command elected officials to increase your taxes and neither elected officials nor the electorate have any say in the matter! This is not the model created by the Founders. The federal government was established as an instrumentality of the States, not the way it is now where the federal government dictates to the States. That must change.
The “Santa Claus” mentality of promising more and more government payments apart from services rendered helps politicians win elections, but eventually this “house of cards” is going to collapse. Our ancestors agreed with this. One of them said, “a democracy can exist only until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.”
Like all Ponzi schemes, it is only a matter of time until this something-for-nothing policy runs its course and then the cruelly oppressive nature of this amount of debt will have to be borne. The interest on debt makes this situation even worse. Compounding interest is the most powerful invention in human history and, in this case, it works against you.The federal government could soon pay more in interest on its debt than it spends on the military, Medicaid or children’s programs.Within a decade, more than $900 billion in interest payments will be due annually, easily outpacing spending on myriad other programs.The amount you owe is going up exponentially!
You are responsible for paying this debt (your elected representatives signed for you) and it will come due. Realistically, each individual with any ability to pay owes hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars to the government’s creditors. That is on top of your other expenses such as food, clothing, and housing, and the creditor will require payment of the federal debt first–leaving you with nothing. Venezuela, where people are starving, is an excellent example of this. In this light, the individualized benefits from the public treasury apart from services rendered are not as “free” as they seem. The debt from this something-for-nothing policy will have to be paid, with interest on interest on interest, and it will come from your assets.
Incurring debt is irresponsible to future generations. We should not run up a massive “tab” that our children will have to pay in the future. We must not place our children in financial slavery to subsidize the cost of tyrants and despots obtaining elective office.
The Constitution does not provide a basis for much of what the federal government does. Much of what the government does now occurs through the Commerce Clause and the General Welfare Clause.
The Commerce Clause was intended by the Founders to apply only to foreign trade, and yet it has been expanded without amending the Constitution to apply domestically and regulate nearly anything that has any sort of a financial basis and beyond.
The General Welfare Clause was intended to be a limitation and a check on the power of the federal government, and it has been turned into a way for elected federal officials and bureaucrats to write checks to whatever constituency they want to support their ever increasing power (i.e., entitlements). The Constitution must be enforced as intended.
I believe Social Security benefits for the aged are in the nature of an annuity, and therefore are not an entitlement in this context. I would advocate and vote in such a way to restore those contributions to a “lock box” status in the federal treasury–as it used to be. Currently, Social Security contributions do not have any special protection at all. Benefits to military personnel are for services rendered.
Government was not intended by the Creator to provide a remedy for every wrong or force people to do what is right. Its only purpose is to remedy a few wrongs so people can live together in peace and order. Government is coercive in nature and taxation at its essence is putting a gun to a person’s head and saying, “give me your assets or I’ll pull the trigger.” Don’t pay your taxes and you’ll see that I’m right. There aren’t that many situations where that is justified. To force people to do what is right through government or otherwise is itself violent and tyrannical. Not even the Creator does that–and He knows what is right!
Redistribution of wealth is not a legitimate use of governmental power. The proper model to address the temporal needs of people in the community is first personal responsibility, then family responsibility, and finally charity. Regardless, the resources come from the people and States can determine whether to extract them and how to use them—not the federal government. So many resources are lost on bureaucracy and so much tyranny results from it. If the people genuinely support individualized benefits apart from services rendered, they can provide them to those in need locally. A federal bureaucracy is ineffective and inefficient for that purpose.
Thomas Jefferson wrote to Mr. Hammond in 1821: “The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in … the federal judiciary; an irresponsible body … working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the states.” It seems to me that he was prophetic!
I would advocate and vote to repudiate Marbury v. Madison, a decision issued many years ago by the Supreme Court that was used to establish federal courts as the ultimate decision-maker in government. To take this ultimate power is tyrannical and despotic.
In issuing this decision, the Supreme Court did not have the support of the Constitution, the Executive, or the Congress to do so. The very structure of the Constitution establishes Congress as the final decision-maker, and the courts last in power. It is only logical for Congress to be the final decision-maker because they are closest to the people since they are elected and judges are appointed. For Congress to make a decision, it takes 269 votes in favor of it. With the Supreme Court, it only takes five votes, and many times a binding decision circumventing the will of Congress and the President rests on the vote of one Justice. What’s worse is that one unelected federal district court judge circumvents the will of Congress and the President, and therefore the will of the people. That is outrageous! At the time the Constitution was formed, for the courts to declare something “unconstitutional” would have been completely foreign to the Founders.
The lower federal courts owe their very existence to Congress. It doesn’t make any sense to consider them superior to Congress and determine that an Act of Congress is unconstitutional. Congress can, and maybe should, repeal the Judiciary Act of 1789 and terminate the existence of the lower federal courts unless they can be put into their proper role under the Constitution.
In shaping the Constitution, the Founders were extremely concerned about preventing tyranny and despotism. Thomas Jefferson, who was President when the Supreme Court issued the Marbury decision, had the view that it was illegitimate, as did Andrew Jackson. Early observers of the American way of life and government warned that the structure of the courts was the weak link of our system of government and would lead to civil war. History has proven them correct at least once, i.e., Dred Scott v. Sanford. This tyranny must be addressed. If necessary, I would advocate and vote for the repeal of the Judiciary Act of 1789 to remove all lower federal courts, except for a few specialty courts, to address this situation.
Governmental power must be returned to the people. One way is to limit the federal government as understood by the Founders. This would include limiting the power of the courts to applying the law only as to the case before any particular court. No more broad and sweeping decrees at to the constitutionality of any act of Congress or the President. Another way is to empower the people by requiring the courts to have the jury determine the facts and the law before the coercive power of the government can be applied to any person or situation. I will advocate and vote along these lines.
I recommend defunding the promotion of evolution. It is a destructive philosophy and there isn’t even one proof of it using the scientific method of observability, testability, and repeatability. I have asked the people at the National Geographic, leading proponents of evolution, numerous times to provide one fact in support of evolution using the scientific method, and they have not. In fact, there isn’t any known method for producing life from non-life, but there is evidence that evolution is impossible. The hypothetical simple organism that supposedly arose from primordial goo is a complete impossibility. All life is dependent on the DNA double helix, but it is so irreducibly complex that it could not have sprang from nothing apart from the Creator. Diversity in life forms occurs through how genes are expressed–not modification. All genetic modifications are deleterious–without exception. The same conclusion of the impossibility of life springing forth from nothing is required in light of the complexity of chemical reactions that are required to support life.
No one should be surprised that children act like animals when they are taught that they are animals. The demise of the schools, and society in general, is the inevitable result of the rejection of genuine Christianity. One component of the solution to resolving school shootings is to remove the teaching of evolution from the educational system. Also, we should learn from the past and put up a sign saying, “You shall not murder” and teach the children the eternal consequences for doing so. When the schools did that, putting chewing gum under the desk and truancy were the biggest problems they had. An efficient death penalty would be useful as well.
Education is a local matter. Rather than taking money from the people and circulating it through the federal bureaucracy, decide locally how you want to use it. I recommend recognizing homeschooling as a fundamental right of parents.
The United Nations should be defunded and disbanded. This group of people is not elected by anybody, let alone people of the United States, is thoroughly corrupt, exerts increasing control over the United States, diminishes United States sovereignty through treaties, and is a tool to further Muslim interests throughout the world.
According to the Constitution, treaties have an elevated status, but treaties as understood by the Founders were never intended to manage the internal affairs of the United States. For example, the International Rights of the Child Convention has the effect of dramatically diminishing parental rights. I oppose this Convention.
Currently, the government does not take a proactive position against cyber attacks. That needs to change. The government needs to aggressively punish hackers and other malicious actors–even if they are state actors–for attacks against government or persons in the United States. Additionally, why are foreign entities from Muslim nations controlling our ports? Even the Chinese are seeking control of our ports through a Hong Kong entity.
Career politicians is not what the Founders intended. They intended a continual rotation of persons in government. The Constitution’s anti-Nobility Clauses (PDF ) demand it. A continual rotation of persons ensures that the interests of the people are represented. Career politicians produce factions, an entrenched bureaucracy, and an all-encompassing government–which is exactly what we have now. Also, if you dislike excessive electioneering, you must not vote for incumbents who have an abundance of campaign funds to use to bludgeon you with political advertising and, in effect, buy votes. Most likely these funds were obtained from special interests that work against your interests.