Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Natasha Pettigrew - Green Party candidate - US Senate (Maryland)

All of my thoughts, prayers and condolences go to US Senate Candidate Natasha Pettigrew’s family and friends during this time of tragedy. This is very sad news.

Ms. Pettigrew was struck and killed by an SUV yesterday. http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/state/article_f82158e8-c59e-11df-958a-001cc4c03286.html

I met Ms. Pettigrew and spoke with her at the Carroll Candidate Primary Forum held last month. She was a warm and well-spoken young woman, and I enjoyed meeting her. She will truly be missed.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Happy Constitution Day (Sept. 17, 1787)

And so the Country turns to the final chapter of the election season. Under fifty days are left until the General Election.

I congratulate Rep. Bartlett and Mr. Duck for their victories earlier this week in the primaries, and I look forward to facing them in the November election. I am disappointed, but not surprised that the "old guard" establishment were caught off guard and even reacted with initial hostility as they expected that the Movement going in in America was simply Anti-Democratic.

My hope is that politicians, especially those in Washington, realize that the voters in this Nation are sick of established career politicians - Republican or Democrat.

But - in the spirit and celebration of Constitution Day: here is the a portion of our Founding document, with perhaps one of the most relevant parts of the entire document, Article I Section 8 (I still can't find the part about Congress getting involved in healthcare):

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof."

Thanks for your time,