Defending the Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & the American Constitution
Monday July 28th 2014

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Federalist 58 by James Madison. 1. Under the proposed Constitution whose interests were represented by the U.S. Senate? Is it so today? If not, how might it be remedied & by what means? 2. How did the Constitution provide for updating representation in Congress? 3. Madison credits the U.S Constitution with assigning the greatest power, that of the “purse strings” to the U.S. House. In your opinion, how might the House assert that power to reduce the size & cost of government today? 4. Explain in your own words Madison’s warning against too many men serving in the House. How might his warning be applied today as calls abound for a more direct democracy & for scrapping the electoral college system? 5. Is democracy the form of government our Founders gave us or was it a republican form? Explain the difference.


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Wisconsin Seeks to Criminalize Your Unregistered Facebook Account

Liberty Alerts, Congress Shall Make No Law, Anthony Sanders

Faced with three separate lawsuits the State of Wisconsin has backed-down from enforcing an incredibly-broad new campaign finance regulation. If the regulation had been enforced, then conceivably millions of people across the Wisconsin would have had to register with the government for merely mentioning candidates for office.

No, this is not a conspiracy theory post. Let me repeat that: Millions of people may have had to register with the government for the privilege of mentioning candidates.

Here’s how the scheme was going to work. Under Wisconsin’s campaign finance statutes (pdf) a group or individual must register with the state if they receive contributions or make “disbursements” of over $25 in a calendar year. “Disbursements” is further defined as spending on a “communication” for a “political purpose.” There are some minor exceptions to what constitutes a “disbursement” but it includes spending money on “correspondence” that is reproduced by a machine. Heard of email? Yes, your spending on your computer, your smart phone, or your service plan, that enables you to send emails, or set up a webpage (every heard of Facebook? Twitter?) that are for a “political purpose” would qualify.

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