Loco motive.
Loco motive.

by baldilocks

While the intrepid Peter is covering the Trump campaign in New Hampshire, I’m not inclined to cover either Himself or Herself should either come to Los Angeles in the Last Days (ahem) of the 2016 Presidential election cycle—unless asked. Of course, it depends on who is doing the asking.

Actually, this is not new for me. I’m more of a “this is what happened and this is what I think it means” or “an odd notion occurred to me today, which lead to this train of thought” sort, than a documenter of campaigns. Now don’t get me wrong. I appreciate what campaign documentarians do; it just isn’t my cup of tea.

So, instead of climbing aboard the Trump or Clinton trains, I bid you, once again, to climb aboard the baldilocks Train of Thought—a vehicle which almost always has an unexpected destination, even unexpected by the driver.  Sometimes, the Engineer keeps the destination to Himself.

Has anyone else noticed that it is becoming more and more difficult to communicate with others? Recently, I’ve lost friends over the most innocuous of statements.  It’s almost as if there’s a voice whispering into the ears of some, and that voice is saying something like “she hates you/he’s lying to you/they blame you.”

Those who seem to be heeding the voice are men, women, young, old, black, white, brown, yellow. All of them are ready to be angry over real offenses. And, if they can’t find a true offense, they will make up one.

This phenomenon reminds me of a dream I had last year—one I may have mentioned before. I was in audience as God and the Devil were having a conversation. I couldn’t really see them, but I could hear them.

At first, they were speaking in a language I couldn’t identify, much less understand. (I’m guessing Aramaic.) Then, God stopped talking and just looked at the Devil, while the latter was saying the same word over and over again. Somehow, I knew what the word meant.

“Felon, felon, felon…!”

The next day, I looked up the etymology of the word felony and found the Early English Law definition.

any crime punishable by death or mutilation and forfeiture of lands and goods.

According to the Bible, the Devil stands before God, day and night, accusing humanity of being sinners worthy of death—of being felons.

Every time I get into or witness an argument where unwarranted accusations are being slung, I consider these things and wonder what is being whispered into the spiritual ears of the accusers.

Chugging on!

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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Federal regulations place an enormous burden on our economy.  They are strangling every individual and business with red tape.  Earlier this year the Competitive Enterprise Institute released this report detailing the exact size of this regulatory nightmare.  Here are some highlights from that report.

  • The total cost of regulatory compliance for 2015 alone was $1.885 trillion
  • The cost per household that year was $15000
  • 80000 pages of federal rules and regulations were added to the federal register that year
  • There are about 60 different federal agencies writing regulations

The vast majority of these regulations violate several fundamental clauses of the United States Constitution.

All of these regulations are written by departments of the Executive Branch or by independent agencies.  This violates Article I Section 1 which states:

All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

The legislative branch has been derelict in its constitutional obligations.  For the past several decades both houses of congress have written laws which have delegated legislative power to these regulatory agencies.  Congress does not have the authority to delegate legislative authority to anyone.  They are not granted that power.  John Locke, one of the primary influences of the framers of the Constitution, was quite clear on this when he wrote his Second Treatise on Government:

The Legislative cannot transfer the Power of Making Laws to any other hands. For it being but a delegated Power from the People, they, who have it, cannot pass it over to others. The People alone can appoint the Form of the Commonwealth, which is by Constituting the Legislative, and appointing in whose hands that shall be. And when the People have said, We will submit to rules, and be govern’d by Laws made by such Men, and in such Forms, no Body else can say other Men shall make Laws for them; nor can the people be bound by any Laws but such as are Enacted by those, whom they have Chosen, and Authorised to make Laws for them. The power of the Legislative being derived from the People by a positive voluntary Grant and Institution, can be no other, than what that positive Grant conveyed, which being only to make Laws, and not to make Legislators, the Legislative can have no power to transfer their Authority of making Laws, and place it in other hands.

Regulations written by these regulatory agencies are treated as the law of the land even though they are never passed by both houses and signed by the president.  This is in violation of Article 1 Section 7 of the Constitution, which defines the formal legislative process.

The US Constitution created a limited federal government with only clearly defined powers, which are spelled out in Article 1 Section 8.  All other powers are left to the individual States.  This is declared in the Tenth Amendment:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

These regulations violate the Tenth Amendment because they grant the federal government the authority to regulate in areas not contained in the powers enumerated in Article 1 Section 8.

The federal government treats these regulations as if they are the law of the land, in violation of the Supremacy Clause, which is Article 6 Section 2:

This constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, any thing in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.

Because these regulations violate several provisions of the Constitution, they are not in pursuance of the Constitution; therefore they are not the law of the land.

Since all of these regulations already violate several articles of the Constitution, a constitutional amendment preventing the federal government from implementing this regulatory nightmare is not the solution to this constitutional crisis.  Thomas Jefferson proposed the solution to this crisis when he wrote the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798.  The States must refuse to implement these unconstitutional regulations and the States must refuse to help the federal government implement them.

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So I watched the debate, and it was terrible. Seriously. I was hoping to watch Trump completely obliterate Hillary, and yet all I saw was a lot of interrupting. As my three year old would say, it was a lot of “Blah Blah Blah.”

But maybe that was the point?

Oddly enough, my wife, who is very anti-Trump and leaning towards simply writing in a candidate, talked to me last night about voting for Trump. She said she fears Hillary and what she would do to the Supreme Court much more than anything Trump has done. She’s also not a fan of Hillary’s foreign policy, which unlike Trump we’ve had a chance to see first hand.

She’s not the only one. More than a few people have come out to me and said they will likely vote Trump because they are legitimately scared of Hillary. They think Trump will moderate his views over time, but that Hillary will simply do whatever she wants.

So it made me wonder: did Trump throw the debate to make people scared? He’s not stupid, and he certainly did well in previous debates. He has plenty of Hillary zingers.

I personally think he did, and did it to scare his base. He’s trying to ruffle the anti-Trumpers, who despite hating him will look at a future with Hillary and be 10 times as scared. I’m betting his debate performance improves such that the last debate is a doozy for Clinton…if she doesn’t fall over from a coughing fit before then.

This post solely represents the view of the author and does not represent the official views of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other branch of the US government. All I ask is you get out and vote for someone, because not voting is really un-American.

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Of the swing states in the Nation, NH is one of the smallest. It’s a state where if you draw 500 people to an event you are getting a real crowd and The NH sports plex in Bedford NH as befitting a venue in this state is small compared to many of the locations around the nation that Donald Trump has filled with Tens of thousands of supporters.

But while the venue was small at least by Donald Trump standards the crowd that I counted at over a thousand people packed themselves into the complex and continued to pour in from the moment I got to the press table and entered the media area and even after Mr. Trump started speaking (in fact he commented on this during his opening).

Normally for such an event I would arrive several hours early and camp out for the best spot but the necessity to sleep after a shift ending at 7 AM (I managed to get out at 6:15 to catch an early mass) meant that I arrived at the venue less than an hour before things began. The layout of the venue meant access was by effective a long winding driveway which added up to frustration for the lefty protesters who our democrat friends always deploy for such events.

As soon as I parked my car I started asking attendees for interviews, the first person I talked to was Elaine.

followed by Joseph

I spoke to Joseph near the swag tables, there were several vendors selling assorted hats and shirts

From there I came to the press entrance. Unlike the primary days Mr. Trump now had secret service protection and I and my bag needed screening to proceed. I spotted Rick Santorum’s old campaign manager working the event. He said hello and we chatted agreeing with regret that the GOP had backed Rick had been the 2012 he’s be running for re-election this year. At the press table I was delayed because no matter when I send in the request I never seem to be on the list, but was eventually recognized and approved and went through (and some people still wonder why I wear a 12 ft Dr. Who scarf to all these events)

As per usual several local pols came up to lionize the candidate and warm up the crowd before the stat, the most effective of these was former Senator Bob Smith who spoke of Nixon being forced from office (and rightly so in his words) for his actions and compared Hillary Clinton group of 5th amendment aides to this. He also directly spoke to some of the conservatives, some of them his friends, who have said they can’t bring themselves to vote for Trump warning them “Don’t come complaining to me when Hillary’s Supreme Court comes for your Gun rights.”.

It was at this moment that my computer choose to run out of power and I found myself needing to find an alternative location to plug in. I did a quick walk around of the area and after finding a plug in the snack bar was about to grab my laptop to go there when I was informed that the press could not leave their area at the moment (indicated that Mr. Trump had just arrived) That’s when I interviewed Scott

General Mike Flynn came on to introduce Donald Trump and drew a round of applause for police, something that Hillary Clinton doesn’t dare to.

Donald Trump then entered the stage and the crowd that was still coming in went wild.

Trump talked all about Jobs Jobs Jobs From now on it’s going to be ‘America First'” He talked about Hillary Rally in NH drawing only about 100 people as the people kept coming in. He talked about how Hillary is outspending him 50-1 yet he’s tied or leading. He talked of both African Americans and Latinos being given lip service by Democrats in election years and concluded by talking American Cars, Planes, Ships and steel.

Once outside I approached people for interview but my press badge didn’t help as I was held in suspicion by most. The first person who talked to me was William

He wasn’t all that impressed but he was a distinct minority,

I then saw a long line of people waiting, I presumed that it was held up due to the motorcade but apparently due to limited parking they had a bus shuttle running. I talked to Miko:

and Melony

a Lady from Manchester

and a group from the Fitchburg/Leominster/Townsend area

And Bob

and Claire

and Rebecca with her sons (only one that came on camera)

Thomas who got a day off from classes to go

and Stanley a vet

and finally Dr. Truth who had a new book out for us.

The general consensus was that they like what they heard but wanted Trump to be more aggressive in the next debate. The real question is will he be and is it smart for him to be?

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