Just a reminder that 22 February, 2022 is the first day for candidate filing for state and federal offices in Missouri at the office of the Secretary of State, James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center (JCKSIC), 600 West Main Street, Jefferson City. Candidate filing begins at 8:00 a.m. and the office closes at 5:00 p.m. for each day. The deadline for candidate filing is Tuesday, 29 March, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Complete details can be found here at the website for the Missouri Secretary of State. The following is shared here for your information:
Why do we need candidates for office? Because the leadership to support and defend the Constitution, apparently needs to come from the People… from you and I. We invite you to be a candidate, and participate in our vetting process, particularly for a seat in the state legislature, because it is within the power of the states to reign in the federal government. If it’s not you, then who among your friends, family or neighbors would you trust to support your rights to life, liberty, and property? Recruit them. Tell them about the TEETH of the Constitution and how we can take back the Republic.
Here's something you might find interesting. During the 2020 General Election, 81 seats in the Missouri State Legislature went uncontested. In the House that means 48 Republicans and 29 Democrats ran without opposition and in the Senate, it was 1 Democrat and 3 Republicans. The featured image shows this for the situation in the Missouri House. In addition, there are currently seven Missouri House seats which are vacant, and these citizens are without representation. Those are Districts 34, 61, 65, 108, 114 and 147. Are you in one of these districts? Normally the Governor calls for a special election for vacant seats, but maybe that won’t happen in an election year. In the meantime, let’s get ready to ADVANCE the Cause of Liberty!
This message delivered to Missouri State Legislators, Thursday, 27 January, 2022
May I conclude with these words from James Madison, widely regarded as the Father of the Constitution:
Advance the Cause of Liberty!
The Missouri Legislature convened today for the beginning of its 2022 Session. This is no small thing to consider. Our community of six million people who make up this sovereign state have and can choose our own solutions to the unique needs of our circumstances. Sovereign, you say? Well, of course! A little bit of history is in order.
At the end of the War for Independence, the British Crown recognized with the signing of The Treaty of Paris that each of its former colonies were to be recognized as,
“…to be free sovereign and Independent States.”
- Treaty of Paris, Article 1st, 1783
This language from The Declaration of Independence gives additional context,
“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
- The Declaration of Independence, 1776 – [emphasis added]
The important concept that has been lost with the passage of almost 25 decades is that Missouri, like our sister states, is actually a nation-state on the same class as England, France or Germany. While this was more obvious under the Articles of Confederation, the adoption of the Constitution for these United States did not dispose of that sovereignty. The thirteen original colonies made a compact, a contract agreement between them, to delegate to a federal entity, limited and enumerated powers for the benefit of the whole federation.
What was incorporated in the enumerated federal government was the equal footing doctrine which meant that every new state admitted to this union would be equal with all of the other states as if each had been one of the original thirteen.
Why is this important to us? Because we are witnessing tyranny perpetuated by the myth of federal supremacy. Our nation-state of Missouri, along with the other nation-states of these united States are equal stakeholders in the compact that created the federal government, and the States have the power to arrest its abuses and bring it under control.
“The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same…”
- The Constitution of the United States – Article VII
Through the ratification process, the legislatures of the thirteen original colonies met together, defined terms and set forth the arguments and agreements that are the basis for the Constitution, which is the instruction manual for our national government and the execution of the contract.
Why is this important to us? Because the Missouri legislature began this year’s session today, it is this venue in which a People with Power are able to have the influence to restore liberty to America.
If you were a legislator, a Missouri House member or Missouri Senator, what you do? What legislation would you offer, support, oppose or eliminate?
- Would you remove the sales tax on food/clothing?
- How would you define and protect voting rights?
- Would you audit the federal government?
- Would you keep your oath of office?
This last question, would you keep your oath of office to support and defend the United States and the Missouri Constitutions, is the most relevant. The failure of doing this by many public servants today, is why our liberty – as we speak – is in such a precarious situation.
Dear Friend of Liberty, the people of Missouri need legislators who will each, keep his or her oath of office – their contract – to represent you and I constitutionally. This may be you. Will you be a candidate for office? And if not you, who would you trust that would be willing to swim upstream against the tide of coercion, oppression, and autocracy to ADVANCE the Cause of Liberty?
Will you take our survey? "If You Were a Legislator...
Check the links below for more information about this year’s state legislative session and for some education on the Constitution.
For constitutional learning you can start now and share with your friends, family and neighbor, check out our friends at:
The Missouri Legislature began its legislative session today and here are some useful links:
- Missouri House legislation can be found here:
Live and recorded House sessions can be viewed at this link:
- Missouri Senate legislation can be found here:
Senate sessions have live audio and can be found at this link:
*** FOR VETERANS DAY ***
The year is 1918, and on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, fighting came to a close on what came to be known as, "The War to End All Wars." There had been nothing like it in the history of the world and the hope was that such a conflict would never again be repeated. A year later the occasion was commemorated on 11 November, 1919 by a proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson as the first Armistice Day.
The Congress officially recognized the end of the World War I on 4 June 1926 and in 1938, an act of Congress justified a change:
“Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”
While Memorial Day commemorates American servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the service of their country, Veterans Day commemorates all members of our Armed Forces and their service.
To those of you who have served, why did you become what we recognize today as a veteran? You had your reasons, and you must have understood the cost, because in one way or another you have certainly paid it. In many cases, you may have sacrificed time from your families, brothers and sisters in arms on the battlefield, as well as blood and body to the cause. For you recognize that sometimes, blood is the currency of Liberty and always the cost of tyranny.
Maybe we can relate to this counsel from early presidents of the Republic, who spoke from painful experience…
“To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”
- George Washington, First Annual Address to both houses of Congress, 8 January, 1790
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants.”
- Thomas Jefferson letter to William Smith, 13 November 1787
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen of slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms…”
- General George Washington - Address to the Continental Army before the Battle of Long Island, 27 August, 1776
Do the veterans of yesteryear understand the veterans of today? Do the veterans of today understand the veterans of yesteryear?
To those who took the oath to support and defend the Constitution, we of the Constitution Party, especially, Thank you! We value your sacrifice, knowledge, patriotism, and continued commitment. You may no longer be subject to the UCMJ or the orders of the President and officers, but we recognize also that said oath to “…support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic…” has no expiration date… does it?
Contact the Constitution Party of Missouri
Our Liberty Teeth – Part Two
"A toothless lion will have a slow and painful death, unless mercifully eaten beforehand"
- A Republic, If WE Can Keep It!, 17 September 2012
IT'S CONSTITUTION DAY 2021
Is America a toothless lion? Are we about to be eaten alive?
- Patrick Henry - Give Me Liberty, Or Give Me Death! - 1775
- George Washington, letter to David Humphreys, 20 July 1791
- Benjamin Franklin, addressing the Constitutional Convention - 1787
How can we suppose that a ragtag, rarely paid, untrained army of tradesman and laborers and ministers and farmers defeated the most powerful military force on the planet at the time of the War for Independence? The providence of God attended the birth of this nation and only with His providence will it survive. Maybe, just maybe… we can shed our personal and national pride and sins and plead for deliverance. And while we're at it, maybe, can we show that we mean it. Get to know those around us; love your neighbor, visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, liberate the captive, feed the hungry, etc.?
"The are a broken spirit: a broken and a , O God, thou wilt not despise."
- Psalm 51:17
Well, here it is! This document from our friends at Reclaiming the Republic has background and detail that is worth the time it will take to read: The Unknown Teeth of the Constitution
For our next post, Our Liberty Teeth - Part Three, one constitutional solution will be shared. Will you help? Let us know!
Take a moment, also, to watch and share this brief introduction to the power that we have in our States. The states are stakeholders in a contract, the compact that created the Constitution. They are the final arbiters of that compact and when the rights of their respective Citizens are being violated by the general government, it is the duty of the states to interpose. The legal basis for its enforcement was clearly defined during the Ratification Debates, but they have been largely unknown. Here is a link to a video for an overview of what this means:
Will you join us and work together to ADVANCE the Cause of Liberty?
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
“I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.
“I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.”
- Smedley Butler on Interventionism ( Excerpt from speech given in 1933 )
Author of War Is A Racket – 1935
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
The Fireworks Were Fun – Now What?
Dear Friends of Liberty…
Another Independence Day has come and gone, the fireworks have lit up the sky, sounded aloud and are now silent, the flags have been folded and put away; the swelling of patriotic celebration and fervor had its time – and as happens after every other holiday – we return to the necessities of life – back to normal, right?
After the original Independence Day, July 4, 1776, normal was not what we enjoy or experience today, but was a painful, bloody encounter with a fate that would, over time, effect the rest of the world and no mortal yet knew how much or how deeply.
“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Dear Friends of Liberty…
The Constitution Party does not support the calling of a Constitutional convention.
From our platform: We oppose any attempt to call for a Constitutional convention, for any purpose whatsoever, because it cannot be limited to any single issue, and such convention could seriously erode our Constitutionally protected unalienable rights.
The following update is a legislative alert from our friends at the John Birch Society.
We would like to update you on the outcome of an important resolution in the Missouri General Assembly.
Unfortunately, on May 13, the General Assembly approved Con-Con resolution SCR 4. It follows the wording of Mark Meckler’s Convention of States Project, or COS Project, application, urging Congress to call a convention to propose amendments “that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and members of Congress.” In 2017, the General Assembly passed an identical resolution, but with a five-year expiration clause. SCR 4 removes that sunset clause. As a small silver lining, the resolution’s passage does not increase the total number of states with COS applications.
Gov. Mike Parson announced Tuesday that Missouri will stop participating in all six federal pandemic-related unemployment programs effective June 12 to “address workforce shortages across the state.”
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — It’s down to the wire for a pair of election reform bills in the Missouri Capitol.
HB 334 and HB 738 would revise Missouri’s election policies. The first bill, from Rep. John Simmons, requires photo IDs for those voting in-person absentee, while voters without IDs would fill out provisional ballots to be counted if certified. HB 738 would alter a myriad of election policies, including requiring the use of paper ballots, allowing no-excuse absentee voting, and prohibiting the use of mail-in ballots.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House perfected a bill that would allow home-schooled students to participate in public school activities — with hefty penalties for institutions that violate it.
HB 494 from Rep. Josh Hurlbert would restrict foundation formula funding for schools associated with statewide groups that prohibit homeschoolers from participating in their activities. An amendment attached by Hurlbert would also require students to attend two or more classes related to the activity — such as band, drama, or weightlifting classes — in order to participate. The bill was perfected Tuesday morning.
Missouri's 2020-21 deer-hunting season ended Friday, with the Missouri Department of Conservation reporting a preliminary total deer kill for the season of 296,516.
Of the deer killed, 140,468 were antlered bucks, 28,587 were button bucks and 127,461 were does, according to an MDC news release.
In action Wednesday, the Senate Health and Pensions Committee opened debate on a series of pro-business proposals that would put roadblocks in the way of county officials seeking to close businesses or religious services during a public health emergency.
Missouri senators debated Wednesday whether to curtail local governments’ ability to impose restrictions on local businesses that are meant to control the Covid-19 pandemic.