|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,
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
— 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
— H.L. Mencken
|The condition upon which God hath given
liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he
servitude is at once the consequence of his crime, and the
of his guilt.
— John Curran, July 10, 1790, in a speech about electing the
|Never confuse the stated purpose of legislation with
what it would actually accomplish. Most enactments will be
— 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
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
administered. — Attributed to Lyndon B. Johnson or Hubert
I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much
upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are
hopes.... Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women;
when it dies
there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; —
Hand, "The Spirit of Liberty" speech at "I Am an American
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.
— Comprehensive collection from the Jon Roland campaign site. If
all these were introduced and supported it could achieve a
revolution in our public affairs.
— Proposed legislation to make several needed reforms.
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
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
this legislation, see Thomas.
111th U.S. Congress
Act — HR 450, Rep.
Shaddegg, John; S.1319. Would require bills to show the
constitutional authority for themselves. Apparently, the theory
this is that if there were no authority, the fact would appear
either a glaring hole or something obviously irrelevant.
they will probably just cite the Interstate Commerce Clause,
"commerce" to be the entire Universe and "regulate" as plenary
It might do some good, but what is also needed is a declaratory
congressional resolution to restrict the definitions of
"regulate". (H.R. 2270 - 104th, H.R. 292 - 105th, H.R. 1018 -
H.R. 175 - 107th, H.R. 384 - 108th, H.R. 450 - 111th)
110th U.S. Congress
Agenda Act — HR 3835,
Rep. Paul, Ron. To restore the Constitution's checks and
balances and protections against government abuses as envisioned
108th U.S. Congress
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
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
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
security, and to use firearms in defense of self, family, or
to provide for the enforcement of such right.(HR 347, Rep.
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
branch any power to declare national emergencies; (2) vesting
Congress alone to declare states of national emergency; (3)
presidential power to issue executive orders by denying to them
force of law except as provided for by Congress; and (4)
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,
national sales tax. One main sponsor is Rep. Colin Peterson, who
for a rate of 39%, but since the cost of most goods is increased
about 22% by the existing corporate income tax, the net increase
be about 17%, which would be offset by elimination of the
income tax, for a probable net gain, especially after factoring
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
version on voice vote April 11, 2000. The president is expected
it. It does not satisfy all of the requirements of the
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
discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the
From that moment on, the majority always
votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the
treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses
fiscal policy, and is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average of the world's great
civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have
this sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith; from
spiritual faith to
great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to
abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency;
complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from
again to bondage.
— Sir Alex Fraser Tytler (1747-1813), Scottish jurist and
Professor of Universal History at Edinburgh University in
the late 18th
Century. From the 1801 Collection of his lectures.
Liberty Caucus — Caucus of libertarian-leaning members of Congress.
Liberty Committee — Caucus of members of Congress dedicated
to seek a strict-constitutional approach to legislation. (Inactive, succeeded by House Liberty Caucus.)
— Get email notices of your senators' and representative's
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
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, by Jon Roland — A few
amendments that might
help return constitutional construction to original
Constitutional Action Plans — The path to victory.
Calls for An Article Five Convention: Mobilization and
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 amendments, by Randy Barnett. — Proposes
amendments that he hopes will restore federalism.
of Federalism — Summary and commentary.
Amendments, comnmentary on proposals by Mark Levin. — Amendments that
Levin hopes will restore liberty.
to dismantle U.S. Constitution, from SweetLiberty —
plots to replace U.S. Constitution with one that does not
rights, through a constitutional convention.
Of the Article V Convention (FOAVC) — Group that is
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
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
|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
|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
people to support constitutional compliance.
for Constitutional Compliance — Presentation on how to
organize to persuade people to support constitutional
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