Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Concept of applying the purity of the online gamers mentality towards achievement to real world goals.
I feel that a system coupling the comfort of the virtual gaming world with a  well thought out interface device for the real world could eventually revolutionize learning and streamline  nearly every aspect of education or even society itself.
A virtual system which mimics the prerequisites for achieving the most successful education wherein players go through combined online and real world learning processes. The online aspect needs to be modeled as close to reality as possible and take into account that there are many different ways to educate people and many desired outcomes for said educations. This would be achieved by gathering great amounts of data such as testing requirements, entrance requirements and current desirable hiring traits to name just a few.
The real world aspects of education would involve some sort of device such as a smartphone which would be capable of gyroscopic motion sensitivity, camera and microphone capability along with software or apps designed for each type of learning in order to disseminate data and verify the achievement of real world goals. I imagine that even brainwave states could be measured for use in optimizing the readiness for learning and monitoring the emotional state and stress levels to be used in biofeedback-success monitoring. The subjects could range from simple elementary education to that of a high level university or even applied to self improvement and well being. Sports and martial art training could be facilitated by coupling known parameters of successful examples with the suit and joint dot system from cg filming, a sensor/physical dimension calculator and also a physiology monitor for peak efficiency. 
A skunk works educational development team should be organized and tasked with developing a way to screen participants in order to figure which styles of education will be most effective for each unique individual.
The first iterations of this system should be ones which the required data can be easily and cheaply gathered to ensure the greatest successes. Maybe middle school student tutoring would be a good target as they are playing games by that age and can discern the importance of good education. Who knows, maybe the horse can be convinced to drink from the trough that suits his personality. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Is hate speech really free?

Is etiquette a dead concept, or one only applicable to high society and/or institutions? Americans concerned for the health of their nation should embrace the notion of social respect, and civil behavior. I constantly hear about the founding fathers and their wishes for us, but rarely do I see references to the letters some of them wrote to posterity regarding the special care we should take, and the frailty of the government they initiated. It is easy to see the care they took in their writing, and the reverence for literacy itself. They did not choose their words for their convenience, they chose them for their specific definitions to clearly and perfectly communicate an idea. They lusted for the word and the intellectual freedom which it allows. This is something missing from those Americans who seem most vocally amorous of the Constitution and the founding fathers: Those who embrace it the most fervently, have the least amount of appreciation of the vehicle used to convey the ideas; language.
The sanctity of the written word is precious and worthy of protection. The freedom to communicate is also especially worth high regard, for it allows the process of democracy to flourish unabated. If we combine these two concepts, public debate of policy should be some of the most civil discussions on the planet. Speech has gone from an art form, and has become a tool.
The unscrupulous can also appreciate and utilize the word and it's limitless potential to move the hearts of man, they are only limited by their intelligence, not their scruples. Thus public discourse is split into communication or marketing. Communication is done to convey ideas such as news events, or how your day went; whereas marketing is undertaken purely to make others act in some way, like to buy some thing or vote some way. There are rules for marketing in advertisement, and there should be rules for marketing in propaganda to ensure that Americans have their other constitutional rights protected against the vitriolic expression of free speech. 
Hate speech; to be or not to be tolerated? The English language is a tool; the most proficient users of which are capable of conveying very specific communication of ideas and knowledge. Hate speech is easily differentiated from other types by it's very delivery, and it's words and their arrangement. Often times one can get the message across with words that do not constitute hate speech. Just because someone is not smart enough to use the appropriate verbiage to get a message across without inciting violence should not excuse the behavior. Public communication can and should be forced to be conducted civilly, and appropriately. Hate speech has no other purpose than to harm some group, and as such, deserves no place in the American public domain. Regrettably the Constitution is not specific enough in the description of this right. At the time the Constitution was written, our widely used brand of respect and public behavior was reserved for the dregs of society. Unfortunately they do not hold exclusive hold on crass, obviously incendiary language and behavior any longer. Now our entertainment personalities(whos industry began with the word) and politicians(whos original predecessors virtually worshiped the word) engage in rotten behavior in the guise of patriotism? Bah! I hope I'm not the only one that sees the malignant mutation of intent there.

Calling for, or inferring that violence or some illegal action be undertaken, describing a scenario wherein violence or an illegal action would be taken against anything or anyone should be considered hateful. Hate speech should only be allowed to spew forth directly from the mouth(for the sake of free speech only), any reproduction of it other than for individual personal use, should be a crime IMHO, but at the least it should be publicly prohibited.
Monitoring the incitement of violence via media can be accomplished in the same way as can telecommun­­ications for terrorist messages, or the airwaves for profanity and nudity. With catch phrases and allowable content, incitement of violence can be restricted­­. If Tipper Gore can bring about the regulation of profanity and nudity on movies and music, we can also regulate and label hateful opinion in the media. This would be done purely through word and phrase recognitio­­n and not by some partisan approach regarding source.
If Rush Limbaugh thinks the Arizona shooting spree of Jan 2011 was helped along by music, then he would logically support censoring of content which could potentiall­y incite violence from broadcast media wouldn't he?

I say we classify media by the amount of opinion contained therein.
Class A: Zero opinion, 100% boring news straight off the wire without content editing. See CSPAN

Class B: Minor, discussion based op-ed. Non-partis­an disseminat­ion of the news.

Class C: Unrestrict­ed opinion and partisan rhetoric allowed. No hate, profanity, porn. See FOX, MSNBC

Class D: Totally unrestrict­ed content, membership, age appropriat­e verificati­on required.
No examples come to mind, but this would classify most fringe group rhetoric not suitable for any of the above categories­.

In much the same way as music, TV and movies have ratings systems, so should media news. Since hate speech is protected by the Constituti­onal freedom of speech, the next best tactic is to use one that worked before in the face of the same protection­s. Although hate is deplorable, freedom is not, and protecting our freedoms is an American pastime(sort of); hate by it's very nature robs others of their freedom. Should we allow hate to run rampant in our nation in order to loosely protect one right while infringing upon another? Do we sit and scratch our heads at the problem or do we actively seek a resolution? I say that true freedom cannot abide hate. What say you?
I wonder what Dee Snider thinks about this topic?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Complete wording of the US Constitution

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Article I
Section 1. All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
Section 2. The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.
No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.
When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.
The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.
Section 3. The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.
Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the first Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three Classes. The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if Vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies.
No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.
The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.
The Senate shall chuse their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the Office of President of the United States.
The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of Honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.
Section 4. The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.
The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.
Section 5. Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.
Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.
Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy; and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those Present, be entered on the Journal.
Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.
Section 6. The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.
No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time: and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.
Section 7. All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.
Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; if he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.
Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.
Section 8. 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 Offences 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.
Section 9. The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.
The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.
No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.
No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.
No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another: nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear or pay Duties in another.
No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.
No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.
Section 10. No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.
No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing it's inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress.
No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.
Article II
Section 1. The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows:
Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.
The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner chuse the President. But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; A quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice President.
The Congress may determine the Time of chusing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.
No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.
The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be encreased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:--"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Section 2. The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.
Section 3. He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.
Section 4. The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Article III
Section 1. The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.
Section 2. The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;--to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;--to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;--to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;--to Controversies between two or more States;--between a State and Citizens of another State;--between Citizens of different States;--between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.
In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.
The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.
Section 3. Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
Article IV
Section 1. Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records, and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.
Section 2. The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.
A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on Demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime.
No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due.
Section 3. New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.
The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.
Section 4. The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.
Article V
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.
Article VI
All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwith-standing.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
Article VII
The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.
Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth
In witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names,
George Washington--President and deputy from Virginia
New Hampshire: John Langdon, Nicholas Gilman
Massachusetts: Nathaniel Gorham, Rufus King
Connecticut: William Samuel Johnson, Roger Sherman
New York: Alexander Hamilton
New Jersey: William Livingston, David Brearly, William Paterson, Jonathan Dayton
Pennsylvania: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Mifflin, Robert Morris, George Clymer, Thomas FitzSimons, Jared Ingersoll, James Wilson, Gouverneur Morris
Delaware: George Read, Gunning Bedford, Jr., John Dickinson, Richard Bassett, Jacob Broom
Maryland: James McHenry, Daniel of Saint Thomas Jenifer, Daniel Carroll
Virginia: John Blair, James Madison, Jr.
North Carolina: William Blount, Richard Dobbs Spaight, Hugh Williamson
South Carolina: John Rutledge, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Charles Pinckney, Pierce Butler
Georgia: William Few, Abraham Baldwin

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

American Capitalism, wealth and freedom* for the elite.

Capitalism, the tool by which economics function in America, is at best the economic theory of freedom, at its worst it is the legitimization of predatory commerce. Like in all things we endeavor to undertake, human nature is the fulcrum of morality. I hear the term "in a perfect world" quite often and in most cases the perfect world is one without the dark side of human nature. Capitalism and human nature interact in a multitude of ways, I will touch upon only a few here. Once an entity gains the amount of commercial success, or political leverage it takes to be able to change the rules of the game, are they still operating under capitalism, or are they then ABOVE the capitalist model? Balance in all things is another term I frequently hear when investigating success. Should it be considered balance when one player in the game rises above the rules of that game? I think not.
     I have heard from strong believers from the various political factions that commerce is the end all of our society. I cannot argue that it is not one of the most important aspects of a society, and would not attempt to do so. But where we the people rank in comparison to commerce is the key to how much power commerce should be able to wield over society. As Communism has proven in it's execution theory and human nature often conflict to the detriment of the whole. Pure theory cannot cover all of the bases of societal impact upon any institution, and human nature(dark) must be protected against, by introducing regulations which allow the commercial freedom intended with capitalism, and at the same time limit the amount of control over the entire system by any one or group involved, and protecting the constitutional rights of the citizen.
   One group of Americans, the elite wealthy, fight and claw to stay at the tops of their respective hills by means of circumventing the laws set in place to protect the nation as a whole by, among other things, combining media, food, pharmaceutical, chemical, financial and other industries into huge conglomerates in order to implement guerrilla marketing upon the other group, John Q Public. This goes beyond Capitalism in my eyes, takes the entrepreneurial spirit right out of the individual knowing that the deck is stacked against you if you want to innovate and bring new things to the table. You can go and become a cog in the machine all you want, just do not compete or you will be destroyed.
  Many times this has been shown to be true: Tucker automobile, the guy who invented the windshield washer, etc.Those examples hail from the 40's -60's and they at least had some regulation back then. America is at her most vulnerable when one part of the whole becomes so powerful that it controls the entire environment of commerce and society.
   I think capitalism is a great theory, and allows the freedom of the entrepreneurial spirit to run amok, but human nature must be regulated against, and the threat of too much power in one place must be guarded against. Commerce in America has a choke hold on our society, it wants its money, and does not care how it comes. Commerce has no morality, and is only concerned with profit.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sarah Palin: American Law Should Be 'Based On The God Of The Bible And The Ten Commandments'

Ones relationship with their god is a personal thing. Religion is the practice of using that relationship to control groups of people. The founding fathers were spiritual, and not all were christians. They also knew the dangers of mixing government and religion, and warned against it. They even wrote letters to you and I explicitly begging us to remember the dangers of letting the two become entwined. If the founding fathers wanted the ten commandments to be the law of the land they would have specifically said so in the constitution. The constitution is not the bible and the founding fathers are not god. Confusing those things is ignorant, and dangerous to the freedoms set forth in the constitution and it's amendments.

I'm proud of our founding fathers and the care they took to ensure all men would enjoy equal freedoms under American law.

I'm ashamed that it is so easy to sway "we the people" away from these truths, these days.
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Friday, April 30, 2010

Arizona Police Launch First Immigration Crackdown After Law's Passage (VIDEO)

Mind you, I'm mostly liberal viewed, bi-racial, middle aged man. I do not mind legal immigrants in the least, the more the merrier I say. It is really too bad that we have lost our faith in our civil servants' ability to execute law without prejudice(due to the actions of the relatively few), as well as our federal government and its desire to actually see this problem solved. Someone is getting rich because of illegal immigrant labor and the ease with which they are controlled. It's almost an American pastime to throw the yoke on them since the abolition of slavery.

This is an immigration issue period! Send illegals away, tighten up the borders, PERSECUTE THOSE WHO EMPLOY ILLEGALS! stress english literacy.

If you do not live in a region where illegals are rampant, you have no experience. I personally see them do these things with far greater frequency than citizens: Litter from their vehicles, wave foreign flags, refuse to speak english, use the emergency room as primary care, spit out babies like it's a contest.

Some social problems need hard solutions. The current state America requires all citizens to man up for our safety and survival. I'm enamored with the ideas of our founding fathers, but the abuses and loopholing that have pushed commerce into the end-all of priorities have led our country astray, and enslaved the middle-low income classes. Corporate profit at the cost of my constitutional freedoms is unacceptable to me.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Come, Tea Partiers and Liberals - Let Us Reason Together

I have to say that I admire the authors ideals. To simply conduct civil discourse must be possible. I'm sure the teabaggers do so among themselves just as those who are not do. The way may be to speak as though you are talking to someone similar to yourself (even if it is not the case). To assume that those who rally to the opposite flag that you do are not people with feelings, families and intelligence, is enabling the division of "we the people".

We must embrace our differences (which is so very against human nature) and strip back the names and insults to bare the truth which is: We all want the same things like security, opportunity, and community. We all want America to turn out the best students, innovations and to dominate commerce. It's just that the potential means to achieve these things are the cause of argument.

If we could agree on the GOALS, discussion on the means could hopefully proceed civilly.
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