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Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:42 am, Wed Oct 12, 2011.

Article I of the United States Constitution states, “... all legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.”

It further states, “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union.” The Senate ratifies treaties and approves top presidential appointments, while the House initiates revenue-raising bills.

Article II of the Constitution states, “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States,” and not much else without the consent of a two-thirds’ vote of the senate.

So tell me, who made him responsible for everything wrong in this world? I can tell you: It was you! You voted for those who twist and turn with the wind. When will you all shake off your insanity and kick out every single member of Congress? Get rid of your political leaders now!

Bush had good intentions, Clinton cared about the nation and Obama is trying to do the best he can. It is you who are so ignorant of your manipulation by a corrupt Congress.

Read the Constitution yourself! You can read, can’t you?

Jerry Bransom


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  • Eugene Garner posted at 11:39 am on Tue, Oct 18, 2011.

    egarners Posts: 1

    With our educational system hijacked by the feds, the masses deluded by the lamesrteam media, possibly few can read anymore? But the Constitution is readily read and understood by most since it is clear, articulate and leaves little to the imagination.

    The problem is that most of your elected have violated their oath of office to obey and protect the Constitution since they are ruled by an oligarchy of banksters and big corporate monopolies that control through the special interest bribes.

    Therein lies the whole problem. The founding fathers warned us of everything that we have allowed to happen. We haven't listened.


  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:32 pm on Sat, Oct 15, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Jerry Branson stated...Darrell... stop acting like a Kinderman and stop trying to hijack the thread. Have you no shame man?
    Jerry... was not doing anything but treating your accusation with humor. I thought your statement was so absurd that I decided to respond in like kind.

    Mr Kinderman does not come close to being an internet troll. In my view, you make yourself look foolish. How odd of you to ask if I have no shame after you characterize Mr Kinderman in a false light. Have you no shame?

  • Brian Dockter posted at 11:50 am on Sat, Oct 15, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2866

    Joanne wrote:

    Bully: "a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people."

    Haven't seen that at all. Perhaps only Mr. Kinderman is intimidated by Obama. I wonder why.....

    -It's not a matter of indimidating at all in my mind. In fact, Obama is quite the bully because he can't intimidate most of the people wise to him. Simply put, the bully tends to be rather insecure. That's why they are bullies. I wouldn't have a problem at all getting in his face. Of course the Secret Service would end it quickly. But I would think twice doing the same to Bush.

  • Jerry Bransom posted at 8:51 am on Sat, Oct 15, 2011.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 364

    Darrell... stop acting like a Kinderman and stop trying to hijack the thread. Have you no shame man?

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:16 pm on Fri, Oct 14, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Jerry Bransom posted at 8:48 am on Fri,...your attitude was shaped by your Zombie like attention to Television and Trolls like Kinderman...

    After reading this post, I had to examine and review my reality to make certain I was ok. A troll sounds so ominous and horrible. Since I have learned interesting and thoughtful information from Mr Kinderman and since Mr Kinderman appears to presents himself in a thoughtful articulate way from my perspective, I became worried that Mr Bransom new something I did not. I then had to look up the term troll on line to verify.
    What I discovered is that some people consider the word “troll” as a term for supernatural beings who should be respected and avoided rather than worshiped. I have never thought of Mr Kinderman as being supernatural and still do not. However, I do think he should be respected for his intelligence and wit... the world is a better place when people like Mr Kinderman grace it. I am sooooo relieved that Mr Branson was not being derogatory but complimentary of Mr Kinderman... good post Mr Bransom!!!

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 10:10 am on Fri, Oct 14, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Did Mr. Trovinger include any “@!#$’s” in his post at 12:23 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 reflecting any sort of obscene remarks toward Mr. Bransom’s letter or the author himself? No, he respectfully attempted to debate its merits. Once again, those whose foundation is based upon nothing but blind love for the likes of our latest president, resorting to sophomoric name-calling or the distorting of names are all they have in their near-empty quiver. Pathetic, but oh so predictable.

    I wonder Mr. Bransom, what if then candidate Obama had run his 2008 campaign on a platform of "vote for me; I'll try the best I can!"? We would most likely be discussing the goings on of President McCain and Vice President Palin. What a mediocre description of a president about to embark upon his last political campaign of his life (unless he hopes to become the mayor of Chicago or governor of Illinois). But you have it right - he's got nothing else to offer, and even that won't be based upon honesty considering what he really intends to do to this nation. Once unleashed from the constriction of worrying about being re-elected, there's no telling what his “best” might be. He needs to be stopped; 2012 will indeed be the most important election cycle of my lifetime.

  • Jerry Bransom posted at 8:48 am on Fri, Oct 14, 2011.

    Jerry Bransom Posts: 364

    Mr. Trovinger, that attitude is at the root of the problem. You cannot see that your attitude was shaped by your Zombie like attention to Television and Trolls like Kinderman, Limbo & Beek? Read your history only get it from biographies with lots of footnotes and check those too..@!#$. The Career Politician is the problem. More importantly, there are a lot of smarter people out there. Heck I would vote for you before I would vote for Boxer! I am DONE with it!!

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:05 pm on Wed, Oct 12, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms bobin stated...FYI, Mr. Baumbach, abortion is covered under the right to privacy included in the due process clause of the 14th AmendmentMs

    Ms Bobin, maybe I am wrong...can please make a comment about the following...

    The Supreme Court issued its decision on January 22, 1973, with a 7-to-2 majority vote in favor of Roe. Burger and Douglas' concurring opinion and White's dissenting opinion were issued separately, in the companion case of Doe v. Bolton. The Court deemed abortion a fundamental right under the United States Constitution, thereby subjecting all laws attempting to restrict it to the standard of strict scrutiny

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 2:21 pm on Wed, Oct 12, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    FYI, Mr. Baumbach, abortion is covered under the right to privacy included in the due process clause of the 14th Amendment.

    Apparently, President Obama is not very good at being a "bully" as well. If he were a bully as Mr. Kinderman claims, he would be able to intimidate Congress into doing what he wanted.

    Bully: "a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people."

    Haven't seen that at all. Perhaps only Mr. Kinderman is intimidated by Obama. I wonder why.....

  • MARK TROVINGER posted at 12:23 pm on Wed, Oct 12, 2011.

    MARK TROVINGER Posts: 204

    Mr. Bransom's letter is a pretty good primer about the most basic parts of our constitution. The real problem is that there are so many US citizens that have no idea about what is in their country's constitution. I'm not sure if this is a society problem or an education problem or both. In fact, I've come across way too many US citizens that appear totally ignorant of current events, geography or anything that has anything to do with how our government operates. Many of these people can't tell you what the Senate or Congress is or what they do. Somehow so many people have come to the belief that the country is run only by a president and that the president is some sort of elected monarch. These people firmly believe that if something is wrong, it was the current president that made the problem. They also believe that if there is something being done right, the President made it happen all on his own simply by saying, "Make it so".

    Do I think that it is wise to dump the entire Congress and startover.....no. Would this fix everything....probably not at all. What would help, if it was at all possible, is to educate our citizens about how our government actually works. Right now, a large number of uneducated voters listen to promises and vote for the person who promises the most. This problems goes back to the 1800's when voters were all promised 40 acres and a mule. No one politiian can fulfill promises on their own. It take the combined effort of Congress and the President to get something done. As long as citizens continue to believe in a candidate's promises instead of reality, the citizens will continue to elect sub-standard government officials.

    Promises that can't necessarilly be kept should never be the tool used to get a vote. Promises that haven't been fufilled should never be the reason to remove people from office. People need to vote for candidates that have shown a track record of doing the best possible, for the people, under whatever the circumstances may be. The rich may vote for a candidate that promises less taxes. The poor may vote for a candidate that promises more welfare benefits. It's just too bad that citizens don't vote for the person with the best character and ideas for the nation. If we could get back to the basics concerning elections, we all would be much better off.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 9:44 am on Wed, Oct 12, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Oh, I'm sorry - the real quote is that Obama is "trying" the best he can. Well, that makes it even worse.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 8:56 am on Wed, Oct 12, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    "Obama is doing the best he can." That's an interesting statement since it opens the door to so many interpretations.

    As the President of the United States I must say that his "best" isn't nearly good enough. His promises of "hope and change" as the basis for his campaign to attain the keys to the White House and the most powerful position on the planet has left us so far with an increase in national debt, his hope for increased taxes, and changes that will leave us in 2017 very much like socialist Europe if he's permitted to continue.

    As I've insisted for nearly three years now Obama has no leadership qualities, the very thing that every president should possess. As the third branch of our federal government he stands alone - Congress and the Judiciary are comprised of more than several individuals who can often hide amongst their peers if they cannot lead.

    What we've wound up with is a bully at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue - someone who relies upon force to get his way, the most recent example being his attempt to embarrass people to give to his campaign war chest by sending notices to them asking why they haven't been giving more when their neighbors already have done so.

    In my opinion 2012 might very well be the most important election cycle of the past 100 years - our very survival clearly hangs in the balance. This is because if Mr. Obama is granted an additional four years keep in mind that at that point he has nothing to lose - no more electioneering - he can pull all the stops and move forward with no consideration for even those who provided the money to keep him in power. In other words, his use of his Executive power will be tested like never before. And by the time 2016 rolls around, we might never be able to recover.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:07 am on Wed, Oct 12, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Jerry stated...Read the Constitution yourself! You can read, can’t you?

    The real question is can you comprehend what you read?

    I have a question Jerry... Since you think reading the words of the constitution is all there is to it, please identify where in the constitution is states word for word that “abortion” is constitutional? I cannot find those words.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:11 am on Wed, Oct 12, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Obama is trying to do the best he can...

    I agree... he is trying feverishly to do what he can to transform America into what “he thinks it should be.
    Unfortunately, Obamacare ( socialized medicine) was born from his vision and our children's future was mortgaged with his 4 trillion in spending over a 2 year period. So I agree that Obama is trying his best... to make us another Europe .. a hybrid socialism/communist country.

    He also has veto power over Congress and promises to use it on most legislation they put forth.
    He writes a jobs bill... and demands Congress sign it unchanged or they will suffer political consequences of being a do nothing Congress... that is evidence of his Chicago bully mentality... not quality leadership.Your Constitutional lesson is flawed.

  • Ryan Jameson posted at 6:45 am on Wed, Oct 12, 2011.

    Ryan Jameson Posts: 195

    Congress is a train wreck of crooked politicians, but so is the white house. Be wary of allowing the man in the white house to cloud your judgments of Congress. Since Obama is the current occupant of the presidency I will use him as an example. This new "jobs bill" (IMO) was nothing more than a ploy to make the GOP look bad. Obama had to know that there was no way this bill would pass, not even close, but he put it through anyway. Why? Political leverage, all Obama has to do is say that he is "trying to make it better" while pointing the finger at the GOP claiming all they do is say "no". Of course the crew on the right is just as guilty as using economic down turns to shore up political support and get their party in power. Ronald Reagan probably said it best: "Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 5:13 am on Wed, Oct 12, 2011.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2677

    On the whole, though, a good letter.

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 5:12 am on Wed, Oct 12, 2011.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2677

    While Mr Bransom's plan has its attractions, I suspect that if you threw out every incumbent by voting for "the other guy" you would end up with almost exactly the same thing.

    That said, if there is an answer to this mess we are in, I certainly don't know what it is (although I suspect it has something to do with reducing the influence of Unions, Corporations and other non corporeal "persons").


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