|If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility
of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from
us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the
hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may
posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
— Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776.
|Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase
a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
— Benjamin Franklin
| The whole aim of practical politics is to
keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by
menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins; all of them imaginary.
— H.L. Mencken
|The condition upon which God hath given
liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break,
servitude is at once the consequence of his crime, and the punishment
of his guilt.
— John Curran, July 10, 1790, in a speech about electing the mayor of
|Never confuse the stated purpose of legislation with
what it would actually accomplish. Most enactments will be ineffective
— Jon Roland, September 8, 2004
|There is no autopilot. We have to fly the plane.
— Jon Roland, April 19, 2011
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of Grievances and Demands for Redress — A summary of what
needs to be done, in the form of a declaration modeled on the
Declaration of Independence. Get your organization to adopt it as a
position statement, and publicize it widely.
Platform — These principles should be considered planks in
the platform of any candidate who calls himself or herself a
You do not examine legislation in the light of the
benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of
the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly
administered. — Attributed to Lyndon B. Johnson or Hubert Humphrey, but
I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much
upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false
hopes.... Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies
there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; — Judge Learned
Hand, "The Spirit of Liberty" speech at "I Am an American Day"
ceremony, Central Park, New York City (21 May 1944).
Government is like a hammer, good for pounding nails but
not for surgery. — Jon Roland, June, 1995.
- Proposed Bills
— Comprehensive collection from the Jon Roland campaign site. If all these were introduced and supported it could achieve a revolution in our public affairs.
- Legal Reform Act
— Proposed legislation to make several needed reforms.
Boundary Marking Act — Proposed legislation to mark
boundaries between federal and state jurisdictions.
The price good people pay for their indifference to
public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. — Plato (427-347 BC)
What doesn't work is to demand a remedy from others and
leave it to them to work out the details. — Jon Roland, speech to the
Jekyll Island conference, May 22, 2009.
Introduced U.S. National Legislation
The following is some legislation that deserves more
attention. For further information on the sponsorship and status of
this legislation, see Thomas.
111th U.S. Congress
Powers Act — HR 450, Rep.
Shaddegg, John; S.1319. Would require bills to show the
constitutional authority for themselves. Apparently, the theory behind
this is that if there were no authority, the fact would appear as
either a glaring hole or something obviously irrelevant. Unfortunately,
they will probably just cite the Interstate Commerce Clause, defining
"commerce" to be the entire Universe and "regulate" as plenary powers.
It might do some good, but what is also needed is a declaratory
congressional resolution to restrict the definitions of "commerce" and
"regulate". (H.R. 2270 - 104th, H.R. 292 - 105th, H.R. 1018 - 106th,
H.R. 175 - 107th, H.R. 384 - 108th, H.R. 450 - 111th)
110th U.S. Congress
Freedom Agenda Act — HR 3835,
Rep. Paul, Ron. To restore the Constitution's checks and
balances and protections against government abuses as envisioned by the
108th U.S. Congress
Responsibility Act — HR 110,
Rep. Hayworth, J.D. Would eliminate the authority of
executive branch departments to issue regulations without such
regulations being adopted as an act of Congress. Actually, the exercise
of such legislative authority by executive departments is
unconstitutional, a violation of the structural principle of the
Separation of Powers, so this would bring the government into
compliance with the Constitution. (HR 2301, S. 1348, Sen Brownback,
Sam, in 106th, HR 1036 in 105th, HR 2727 in 104th).
Self-Defense Act of 2003 — HR
648, Rep. Wilson. To protect the right to obtain firearms for
security, and to use firearms in defense of self, family, or home, and
to provide for the enforcement of such right.(HR 347, Rep. Bartlett,
Roscoe G. in 106th.)
106th U.S. Congress
- The Separation
of Powers Restoration Act — H.R.
2655, Rep. Paul, Ron. Provides for (1) terminating all
existing states of national emergency and removing from the executive
branch any power to declare national emergencies; (2) vesting power in
Congress alone to declare states of national emergency; (3) restricting
presidential power to issue executive orders by denying to them any
force of law except as provided for by Congress; and (4) repealing the
War Powers Resolution of 1973.
- National Retail Sales Tax — HR
2001, HR 2525. Two different bills with similar provisions
that would replace the income tax, which is unconstitutional, with a
national sales tax. One main sponsor is Rep. Colin Peterson, who calls
for a rate of 39%, but since the cost of most goods is increased by
about 22% by the existing corporate income tax, the net increase would
be about 17%, which would be offset by elimination of the personal
income tax, for a probable net gain, especially after factoring the
reduced costs for accounting and tax reporting.
- Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000
— HR 1658, Rep. Hyde, Henry. Passed HR in June by
375-48. Senate passed with minor modifications, and HR passed Senate
version on voice vote April 11, 2000. The president is expected to sign
it. It does not satisfy all of the requirements of the Constitution,
but is a major improvement. Now we have to remove the remaining
unconstitutional provisions, and do the same in the states.
Proposed U.S. Legislation
National Economic Stabilization and Recovery Act (NESARA). This proposal is bogus and
to be avoided.
| A democracy cannot exist
as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters
discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public
From that moment on, the majority always
votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public
treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose
fiscal policy, and is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average of the world's great
civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through
this sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to
great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from
abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from
complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back
again to bondage.
— Sir Alex Fraser Tytler (1747-1813), Scottish jurist and historian.
Professor of Universal History at Edinburgh University in the late 18th
Century. From the 1801 Collection of his lectures.
Liberty Committee — Caucus of members of Congress dedicated
to seek a strict-constitutional approach to legislation.
— Get email notices of your senators' and representative's votes.
Trying to solve public problems without first achieving
strict compliance with the Constitution is like trying to take a motor
trip through the mountains without brakes or a steering wheel. — Jon Roland, 1997
You can't beat a specific agenda without a specific agenda of your own. — Jon Roland, 2002
- Contacting the Congress —
Online directory for the current U.S. Congress.
- Congressional Record: Advanced Search
— Online directory for the most recent years of the proceedings of the
Email Directory — Should only be used to send to staffers who
are expecting a message from you.
Email List Management Options — Tools for communicating on
| In politics, there are no lasting victories and no
permanent defeats. — Old saying
| In law nothing is ever finally settled — New saying
| "No cause is lost if there is but one fool left to
fight for it."
— Will Turner, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Proposed Constitutional Amendments and Revised Constitutions
Proposed U.S. Constitutional Amendments
Amendments to U.S. Constitution — A few amendments that might
help return constitutional construction to original understanding.
Calls for An Article Five Convention: Mobilization and Interpretation,
by Gerard Magliocca. — Discusses how calls for a constitutional
convention to consider specific amendments can influence elected
officials and judges even if a convention is never held.
of Federalism, by Randy Barnett. — Proposes amendments that
he hopes will restore federalism. There is a Ning
group to support it.
to dismantle U.S. Constitution, from SweetLiberty — Discusses
plots to replace U.S. Constitution with one that does not protect our
rights, through a constitutional convention.
Of the Article V Convention (FOAVC) — Group that is promoting
a constitutional convention.
|If you don't find politics, politics will find you. —
||If you don't fix government, government will fix you. —
Proposed U.S. State Constitutional Amendments and Revised
having ballot initiative process
|Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on them [public
offices], a rottenness begins in his conduct.
— Thomas Jefferson
|History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely
once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
— Abba Eban
Nullification of Federal Action — Resistance to usurpation
organized at the state level.
of Nonauthority — A finding that officials are not in
compliance with the Constitution and acting without authority.
Organizations and Local Programs
Plan To Help Restore Lawful/Constitutional Government at the Federal
|Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom; it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. — British Prime Minister William Pitt (1759-1806)
|No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the
legislature is in session. — 1 Tucker (N.Y. Surr.) 249 (1866)
|Asking politicians to "do something" without drafting
the legislation yourself is asking them to do something to you, not for
you. — Jon Roland
Resources & methods
Constitutional Compliance — Presentation on how to persuade
people to support constitutional compliance.
for Constitutional Compliance — Presentation on how to
organize to persuade people to support constitutional compliance.
Contact Services — Voter database information useful in
— Search and display donor information to the major parties by location.