Bill of Attainder

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It all started as a part of English law and was placed in our Constitution as a limitation on the Legislative Branch of the Government.  We have all complained about law by judicial fiat and the Founders saw the possibility the legislature could do the judiciary’s job.  Hence a section of the Costitution dedicated to not allowing certain powers to the Congress.

I think applies in a most significant way to the Congress who has the power to tax.  I suppose one could argue that the progressive tax system falls under a Bill of Attainder, as it “punishes” the wealthy for sucess and “punishes” the upper middle class with higher tax rates for actually making a good living.  Perhaps this will help:

“These clauses of the Constitution are not of the broad, general nature of the Due Process Clause, but refer to rather precise legal terms which had a meaning under English law at the time the Constitution was adopted.  A bill of attainder was a legislative act that singled out one or more persons and imposed punishment on them, without benefit of trial.  Such actions were regarded as odious by the framers of the Constitution because it was the traditional role of a court, judging an individual case, to impose punishment.” William H. Rehnquist, The Supreme Court, page 166.

No doubt in my mind the 43 idiots who sponsored and co-sponsored this Bill, (which I am going to list at the end of this post), never read the Federalist Papers.  Here is the remarks of James Madison, often acknowledged as the Father of the Constitution:

“Bills of attainder, ex post facto laws, and laws impairing the obligations of contracts, are contrary to the first principles of the social compact, and to every principle of sound legislation. … The sober people of America are weary of the fluctuating policy which has directed the public councils.  They have seen with regret and indignation that sudden changes and legislative interferences, in cases affecting personal rights, become jobs in the hands of enterprising and influential speculators, and snares to the more-industrious and less-informed part of the community.” James Madison, Federalist Number 44, 1788.

Let me repeat a part of that; laws impairing the obligations of contracts, are contrary to the first principles of the social compact, and to every principle of sound legislation” Over 200 years before this Bill was passed by the House, James Madison defined it.  Pretty dang smart for an “old white slave owner”.

Time to alert your Senator that you understand the Constitution and understand that people who sponsored this bill, actually person, Charlie (I don’t have to pay no damn Taxes) Rangel who placed the Bill on the floor, obviously do not.

Here is the list of Representatives who co-sponsored this unconstitutional Bill, (which some called bi-partisan.  Note how Dems view that term):

Rep Berkley, Shelley [D-NV-1] – 3/18/2009
Rep Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] – 3/18/2009
Rep Carney, Christopher P. [PA-10] – 3/18/2009
Rep Castor, Kathy [D-FL-11] – 3/18/2009
Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-11] – 3/18/2009
Rep Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9] – 3/18/2009
Rep Connolly, Gerald E. “Gerry” [D-VA-11] – 3/18/2009
Rep Davis, Artur [D-AL-7] – 3/18/2009
Rep Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7] – 3/18/2009
Rep Dingell, John D. [D-MI-15] – 3/18/2009
Rep Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5] – 3/18/2009
Rep Etheridge, Bob [D-NC-2] – 3/18/2009
Rep Fudge, Marcia L. [D-OH-11] – 3/18/2009
Rep Hall, John J. [D-NY-19] – 3/18/2009
Rep Hare, Phil [D-IL-17] – 3/18/2009
Rep Higgins, Brian [D-NY-27] – 3/18/2009
Rep Hill, Baron P. [D-IN-9] – 3/18/2009
Rep Israel, Steve [D-NY-2] – 3/18/2009
Rep Klein, Ron [D-FL-22] – 3/18/2009
Rep Larson, John B. [D-CT-1] – 3/18/2009
Rep Levin, Sander M. [D-MI-12] – 3/18/2009
Rep Lewis, John [D-GA-5] – 3/18/2009
Rep Loebsack, David [D-IA-2] – 3/18/2009
Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3] – 3/18/2009
Rep Maffei, Daniel B. [D-NY-25] – 3/18/2009
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-14] – 3/18/2009
Rep Meek, Kendrick B. [D-FL-17] – 3/18/2009
Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-8] – 3/18/2009
Rep Perriello, Thomas S.P. [VA-5] – 3/18/2009
Rep Peters, Gary C. [R-MI-9] – 3/18/2009
Rep Pomeroy, Earl [D-ND] – 3/18/2009
Rep Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-39] – 3/18/2009
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] – 3/18/2009
Rep Sires, Albio [D-NJ-13] – 3/18/2009
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [D-CA-13] – 3/18/2009
Rep Tanner, John S. [D-TN-8] – 3/18/2009
Rep Thompson, Mike [D-CA-1] – 3/18/2009
Rep Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD-8] – 3/18/2009
Rep Welch, Peter [D-VT] – 3/18/2009
Rep Wilson, Charles A. [D-OH-6] – 3/18/2009
Rep Wu, David [D-OR-1] – 3/18/2009
Rep Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3] – 3/18/2009

Note there is ONLY 1 Republican co-sponsor.  If and when I can find the 283 that voted for this bill I will post that also.

Time to be heard.  Time to stand and say enough is enough.  Time to take back America from the inept and socialist and return to the word and meaning of the Constitution.  Time for real change.

chas

“Rebellion to Tyranny is Obedience to God

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7 Responses to “Bill of Attainder”

  1. Get Your Ex Back Says:

    This is very up-to-date info. I’ll share it on Facebook.
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    Thank you. I’m glad you came by and commented.

    chas

  2. Unemninge Says:

    FANTASTIC!
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    Thank you. Thanks for comming by.

    chas

  3. Olin Lacy Says:

    chas

    I agree to everything you wrote. The only exception being that I, as a surveyor familiar with the language of the time, would say ten miles square would mean 100 square miles, which closely resemble that portion of our nation surrounded by reality.
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    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Sometimes I wonder if there is any reality left anywhere in this Country.

    chas

  4. Salvatore Says:

    Very well put Chas,
    so This is a bi partisan bill, in their eyes maybe,
    we should be concerned, and what else is in this bill that we will find out later, that’s what worries me.
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    When the Congress can ignore the Constitution, I believe that we should not be concerned, but be very, very afraid.

    chas

  5. Sterling Says:

    Thank you thank you thank you for posting those names! They need to be outed, and you’re the man for the job. I want to see the list of 283, and I can’t find it either. I think THAT scares me as much as the billed they passed does.

    Wonderful work. Thank you for your dedication.
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    Thank you for your support. Without such support it wouldn’t be worthwhile.

    chas

  6. Frank C Says:

    Very well said Chas….Like the Tonkin Resolution…”NEVER HAVE KNOWN SO LITTLE ABOUT SO MUCH AND NOT UNDERSTAND ANY OF IT.”

    Try these sites:
    House
    http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/index.asp

    Senate:
    http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/vote_menu_111_1.htm
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    And thanks to you sir everyone who reads will know who voted yes, no and didn’t have the balls to vote at all.

    chas

  7. Eileen Says:

    And how would you suggest we bring about that change??????

    Do I need to lead a march on Washington DC? I will get John Rich to sing his wonderful new song Shutting Detroit Down—or something like that.
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    A good start is voting these idiots out of office. Failing that marching on DC with guns in hand.

    The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
    Thomas Jefferson

    chas

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