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The 112th Congress opened with the reading of the Constitution,  first time in the History of the United States Congress. 

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Latest Activity: Nov 11, 2015

Welcome to the Constitution Study Group


When Congress read the Constitution do you think that the Congressmen who stayed in the Chamber to listen actually understood what was being read??  When you read the Constitution are you sure that you thoroughly understand what it says??


This group will take you through the concepts of the Constitution and the background information of each issue. To join the group you will need a copy of the Constitution. The Federalist Papers by Hamilton-Madison-Jay (suggest the Signet Classis version available at Amazon for about $8.00) , Websters American Dictionary of the English Language (1828) found here:

mark it as a "favorite" so you can refer to it often.

This study group is designed by Publius Huldah and each lesson will be from her syllabus and her teachings. She is a retired lawyer who has studied the Constitution for years through the eyes of the Founding Fathers. A new issue will be posted every week which will give you time to study her essays and verify the information detailed in her citings.

You are encouraged to discuss the essays because from discussion comes better understanding. The Constitution is our founding Document and as we promote it through our TEA Parties you need to know what it actually says compared to what people think it says. You will find the answers to questions you may have or things that you don't understand.about the Constitution. In many instances, you will learn that what you learned in school is NOT what the Constitution really says.

I have been studying with her for over a year and have learned far more than I ever thought possible. The first thing that you have to do, as you begin this journey, is keep an open mind and understand just one thing:

Your rights are given to you by God, they are inalienable. You give some of those rights to the States for your benefit. In turn the States, with your trust, give some rights to the Federal Government also for your benefit. That is the order defined by the Constitution. It is the order that has been convoluted by all three branches of the Federal Government. It is that order that we are striving to restore.

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Constitution 101: The Meaning &

History of the Constitution



Discussion Forum

Empower The States Act

Started by Joanne C Daley. Last reply by j fredenburgh Aug 11, 2015. 1 Reply

Once again the promises of the candidates elected in 2014 have proved to be nothing more than campaign promises.  Within days of the election the "new" Congress did exactly the opposite of what they…Continue

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Constitution Revolution 4-45-2015

Started by Joanne C Daley Apr 27, 2015. 0 Replies

Constitution Revolution: How Does Washington Justify Its Unconstitutional Behavior?Apr. 25, 2015 9:00amChad KentIn my …Continue

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Constitution Revolution #12: The Constitution is Dead

Started by Joanne C Daley. Last reply by Joanne C Daley Apr 24, 2015. 2 Replies

Constitution Revolution: Why the Constitution is DeadApr. 1, 2015 9:00am  Chad Kent  THE BLAZE RADIOSince the beginning of the…Continue

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Comment by Joanne C Daley on April 29, 2015 at 12:29am

Same Sex Marriage Hearing before the SCOTUS this week.  Will the Supremes decide it is Constitutional?? We will have to wait until June for their decisions. 

Alito During Gay Marriage Arguments: What About Polygamy?

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Alito wondered that if same-sex unions are sanctioned, would that mean the Constitution also guarantees the right for polygamous arrangements.

According to The New York Times, the conservative justice offered the court a hypothetical scenario where four people — two men, two women — wanted to marry and whether it was reasonable to allow them to do so.

“They are all consenting adults. Highly educated. They are all lawyers. What would be the logic of denying them the same right?” Alito asked, which drew laughs from the court audience.

The attorney representing plaintiffs seeking to overturn gay marriage bans, Mary Bonauto, replied that that would not be the case since polygamy brings up a host of “complicated” issues that involve “consent” and “coercion,” The Washington Post reports.

According to reports, the court seemed divided on the issue Tuesday after hearing nearly three hours of oral arguments. The consolidated cases before the courts stem from attempts to overturn gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.

Comment by Joanne C Daley on October 7, 2014 at 11:51pm

We were all taught that there were 3 branches of government: Legislative, Executive and Judicial.  So where did we get "Administrative Law" from?  Read the History and Dangers of Administrative Law posted on the "Pages" found just under the list of members in the middle column to the right ------->

Comment by Joanne C Daley on September 19, 2013 at 10:33pm

California College Forbids Passing Out Constitutions...On Constitution Day

September 19, 2013

MODESTO, Calif., September 19, 2013—In a stunning illustration of the attitude taken towards free speech by too many colleges across the United States, Modesto Junior College in California told a student that he could not pass out copies of the United States Constitution outside the student center on September 17, 2013—Constitution Day. Captured on video, college police and administrators demanded that Robert Van Tuinen stop passing out Constitution pamphlets and told him that he would only be allowed to pass them out in the college’s tiny free speech zone, and only after scheduling it several days or weeks ahead of time. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has written to Modesto, demanding that the college rescind this policy immediately.

Comment by j fredenburgh on January 29, 2012 at 4:21pm

Perhaps one of the questions we should ask every candidate is not 'do you believe in the Constitution' - but something more specific like - do you know what XXX amendment says? or what do you think about the use of the old standby - 'general welfare clause'.

Comment by j fredenburgh on December 6, 2011 at 1:14pm

Let’s cut to the quick. I am sick and tired of hearing people get excited over the Republican presidential debates that seem to take place every other day. For the most part, they are a pathetic joke because they only perpetuate the usurpation of power. The general election debates in 2012 will be more of the same.

Under our system of government, the powers of the federal government and the president are defined and limited by the Constitution. You would never know that listening to the questions and analysis by media pundits. What’s next? Asking the candidates if they can use the powers of the federal government to part the Red Sea or resurrect the dead?

The group discussions that follow are equally troubling because they focus on perceptions and misconceptions concerning the powers and duties of the president. Hasn’t any one of these people taken a moment to review the Constitution before participating in a focus group or have they been so dumbed down by the education system that they are incapable locating the clauses in the Constitution?

Since presidential debates are an ongoing series of job interviews, how can the candidates apply for the office of president of these United States unless they know the 13 powers and duties of the president? If I were running the debates, each candidate would be given a piece of paper at the first debate and asked to write down the constitutional powers and duties of the president. The results would be announced before the first question was asked. Not only would it expose any imposters and tie ignorance to their tail, but it would educate the audience and frame the debate. It would also shine the light of usurpation on the sitting president for his transgressions.

That being said, the 12 original powers and duties of the president are:

1. Signs or rejects (vetoes) all legislative bills passed by Congress. If a president vetoes the legislation and Congress over-rides the veto by a two-thirds vote, the legislation becomes law and a president is powerless to reverse or negate their vote. (Art. I., Sec. 7., Cl. 2.)

Note: It has been asserted that a president can legislate through executive orders. This assertion is false and conflicts with Article I. That clause vests all legislative power in Congress. (See endnote 1.)

2. Is the Commander and Chief of the military forces (Army and Navy in the original text) of the United States. (Can use the military only after a declaration of War by Congress or an act of aggression against the United States by a foreign power or entity. Can also use the military to prevent an imminent attack. Both of these acts would be construed as an act of war against the United States. Thus, a congressional declaration of war would be a formality because the United States would already be at war. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, FDR appeared before a Joint Session of Congress and requested that body formally declare war on Japan. See endnote 2) The president is also the Commander and Chief of the Militia of the several States when called into the actual service of the United States, by Congress, to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.) (Art. II., Sec. 2., Cl. 1.)

Note: In Federalist Essay No. 69, Alexander Hamilton compared the war powers of the president, under the proposed constitution, to that of the King of Great Britain. (See endnote 3. See also endnote 4 on the War Powers Act.)

3. Requests opinions, in writing, from the principal officer of any Executive Department of the federal government concerning their duties.

(Art. II., Sec. 2., Cl. 1.)

4. Can grant Reprieves or Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

(Art. II., Sec. 2., Cl. 1.)

5. Makes Treaties (with foreign nations) with the Advice and Consent of the Senate. (Only by a vote of two-thirds of those Senators present.)

(Art. II., Sec. 2., Cl. 2.)

6. Nominates for appointment, with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, Ambassadors, public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States. Congress can, by law, vest the President with the power to appoint inferior Officers, i.e., Courts of Law, Heads of Departments, etc.

(Art. II., Sec. 2., Cl. 2.)

7. Can fill Vacancies which occur when the Senate is in Recess and unavailable to confirm an appointment.

(Art. II., Sec. 2., Cl. 3.)

8. Gives Congress from time to time Information on the State of the Union (the Union between the several States), and recommends to Congress for its Consideration such Measures (laws, etc.) as he shall judge necessary and expedient. (Note the use of the word “recommends.” Congress is free to reject his recommendations.)

(Art. II., Sec. 3.)

9. Can convene both Houses of Congress on extraordinary Occasions.

(Art. II., Sec. 3.)

10. Receives Ambassadors and other public Ministers.

(Art. II., Sec. 3.)

11. Takes care that all (federal) laws are faithfully executed.

(Art. II., Sec. 3.)

12. Commissions all Officers of the United States.

(Art. II., Sec. 3.)

The president was granted a 13th power and duty in 1967 with the ratification of the 25th Amendment. Section 2 of this Amendment vests the president with the authority to nominate a vice president in the event there is a vacancy in the office of the vice president. Congress then approves or rejects the nomination.

This is the extent of the constitutional powers and duties of the president. A president does not have any constitutional authority over children, education, family values, abortion, or any of the other social issues they constantly discuss in debates and when in office. The legislative and war making powers are vested exclusively in Congress, not the president. All bills raising revenue must originate in the House of Representatives, not the White House. The remaining powers, for the most part, relate to the internal operation of the federal government and have no direct effect on the everyday lives of the American people.

Unfortunately, the chances of a debate being restricted to the constitutional powers and duties of the president are slim to none. The American people have lived all their lives under the federal government’s usurpations of power and demand that it continue. A candidate who ran on a pure constitutional platform would not stand a chance of getting elected because most of the crap the federal government does would go away.

It has been said that a people get the government they deserve. As long as the American people keep begging for more federal control over their lives, presidential candidates will continue to respond with ideas on how to continue and expand federal usurpations of power.


Comment by Joanne C Daley on September 17, 2011 at 8:09pm

OMG!!  What next??  These people are full of themselves:

Constitutional Progressives: Taking America's Charter Back From the Tea Party

Sen. Kerry, Numerous Progressive Organizations Support Effort to Stand Up for the Whole Constitution

For More Information Visit:

Washington, DC – In a much-needed pushback against tea partiers and other self-proclaimed "constitutional conservatives" who have claimed the Constitution as their own -- trying to turn it into a document that can be distorted to support an ideological agenda -- Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC), in partnership with progressive organizations including the Center for American Progress and People For the American Way Foundation, today launched a new initiative, Constitutional Progressives.

"Today, progressives are taking the Constitution back," said Doug Kendall, founder and president of Constitutional Accountability Center. "There is no greater threat to our values than the tea party's effort to make America's progress unconstitutional. For the first time, progressives now have a coordinated response to this theft of our Nation's Charter. Building on the momentum of thousands of Americans who have already pledged to support the whole Constitution, progressives are taking the fight to the tea party."

"Tea Party leaders are arguing for a vision of the Constitution that would turn back the clock on the accomplishments of the 20th century," said Neera Tanden, Chief Operating Officer of the Center for American Progress. "The conservative vision would undo Social Security and Medicare through the worst form of judicial activism. Constitutional Progressives are fighting that vision with the text of the Constitution itself."


Read the rest here for a good laugh!



Comment by Judy on January 14, 2011 at 6:46pm
I bet our local officials couldn't pass that test!
Comment by Joanne C Daley on January 14, 2011 at 5:10pm

Yup--it is a standard oath when ever a government official is installed in their office from City Council all the way to Gov!


Comment by Judy on January 14, 2011 at 5:09pm
Let' go one step farther. Let' start with our city council members and county supervisors!
Are local goverments sworn to defend the constitution?
Comment by Joanne C Daley on January 14, 2011 at 5:03pm

They are probably the same ones who walked out of the House Chamber when the Constitution was read!


I think we should give copies of the Constitution to all of our Legislators.  I know our LD 25 and LD 30 have theirs but I am wondering about the rest??


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