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We must quickly restore our state governor's unmitigated and rightful constitutional authority over our National Guardsmen for domestic emergencies.

I believe that the safety of American citizens is at grave risk right now because unconstitutional domestic police powers were recently and unconstitutionally put into the hands of our central federal executive.  

Fellow citizens, please join me in voicing and pressing our federal legislators to get the power of domestic control of our Guardsmen back to the Governors away from the President.

Please give serious consideration to supporting or cosponsoring the Senate and House bills S.513 and HR.869.

We must quickly restore our state governor's unmitigated and rightful constitutional authority over our National Guardsmen for domestic emergencies.

I believe that the safety of American citizens is at grave risk right now because unconstitutional domestic police powers were recently and inappropriately put into the hands of our central federal executive.  

Please refer to the Posse Comitatus Act, and the text of the Declaration, which cite the problems with federal police powers.  No executive in Washington can be able to demonstrate the required level of sensitivity and timeliness to local needs during future domestic emergencies.

Please demonstrate your trust in the wisdom of our Constitution.  We must restore unequivocal and constitutional state control of domestic militias before the next unfortunate emergency arises for the sake of the continued safety and freedom of Americans.

Originally posted to mrcoder on Thu May 03, 2007 at 06:18 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Hmmm... (3+ / 0-)
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    Powered Grace, marina, mrcoder

    If the choices are, in my specific case, Eliot Spitzer or Georgie the Wonder Mouse, who do I feel better about?

    Let me give that some thought.

  •  Mrcoder, can you give us an action link? (2+ / 0-)
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    mrcoder, Neon Mama

    I would be very happy to sign on. This accruing power to the executive has gone way too far. Let's repeal the entire Military Commissions Act while we're at it.

    Senator Specter, are you listening?

  •  Key issue - recommended (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    marina, mrcoder

    Can anyone say with a straight face that they trust the Bush Administration to use this power constitutionally or wisely?

  •  News article about the problem (1+ / 0-)
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    marina

    http://www.upi.com/...

    You can get some background on the problem at this link.

    I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.
    George Washington

    by mrcoder on Thu May 03, 2007 at 06:46:13 AM PDT

  •  Tell your opinion to your Congressman (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.house.gov/...

    Share your thinking with your Representative in Congress using this link.

    I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.
    George Washington

    by mrcoder on Thu May 03, 2007 at 06:47:47 AM PDT

  •  Tell your two senators your concern (0+ / 0-)

    Senate does not have a central contact form yet.

    Each senator has a different contact web page.

    So it's still quite easy to directly contact your Senator's office, but it takes just a little more work to find the web page.

    Google is how I found my senators' page:

    http://www.google.com/...

    And here was the contact form that google found, perfect:

    http://menendez.senate.gov/...

    I wrote Senator Menendez at the above web page.

    And then I did the same thing for my other Senator, Hon. Lautenberg.

    The web and internet makes it possible to contact senators and congress members directly.  They all have web pages now, where you can talk straight to them or their staff.

    Any more, we don't even need to wait around for an "action site" to be made by somebody else (although that's great too).

    Time is of the essence!

    If you like, you are perfectly free and welcome to borrow any part of my letter above, or copy the whole thing.

    I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.
    George Washington

    by mrcoder on Thu May 03, 2007 at 06:56:38 AM PDT

  •  I absolutely agree. This is a crucial issue. (2+ / 0-)
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    mrcoder, Neon Mama

    Presidential control of the National Guard is unprecedented and puts us at grave risk.

    (P.S.-- I didn't vote in the poll because my governor is an idiot, too.)

    Dismantle the infrastructure of tyranny.

    by Captain Nimrod on Thu May 03, 2007 at 07:18:22 AM PDT

  •  Two-edged sword (1+ / 0-)
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    mrcoder

    This issue can also swing the other way - for instance, in 1957, the Arkansas National Guard was abused to defy a federal order to admit nine students to Little Rock High School.

    I agree that I'd rather not see Bush controlling the Nat'l Guard - but I'm not sure if taking Bush out of the picture (and, let's face it, with such a long-term decision, Bush is out of the picture), federal or state control really is better.

  •  If I recall, Ike brought National Guard units (2+ / 0-)
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    marina, mrcoder

    from a different states for Little Rock?  They enforce direct refusal by governor to use his own guard to support constitutional civil rights of Arkansas citizens.  State officials were violating their oath to uphold constitution.  New rider lets one man's opinion decide things are getting too rowdy.
        Light bulb moment from story at your link:
     

    On Tuesday, the governor of North Carolina told the Senate Judiciary Committee all U.S. governors oppose the Insurrection Act Rider that was included in the fiscal year 2007 defense authorization bill.

       Repubs.attack dogs are whining loud that nothing else belonged in vetoed "emergency" defense bill except what Bush asked.  Well, just before Dems. took control -- Repubs. stole our state's rights by TACKING ON defense bill this strangulation of posse coumitatas (sp?). No veto, no complaint.  Was THAT bill clean?   Goose and gander equal rights.

    So here's my meme:
      We wrote the check
       Bush tore it up

    He's like a parent who won't cash the alimony check because it was more than he asked for, but must use it to protect the children.

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Thu May 03, 2007 at 08:43:29 AM PDT

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