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Must Read:

The Threat: Attacks on Parental Rights (goes off site)
A Deeper Understanding of the Threat of International Law



America's Founding Documents:

The U.S. Constitution
The Declaration of Independence
The Federalist Papers
The Bill of Rights



Political - Civic Articles and Speeches:

"A Time For Choosing" - Ronald Reagan 1964
This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.
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"Whatever Happened to Free Enterprise?" - Ronald Reagan 1978
"There are 73 million of us working and earning by means of private enterprise to support ourselves and our dependents. We support, in addition, 81 million other Americans totally dependent on tax dollars for their year-round living. Now it's true that 15 million of those are public employees and they also pay taxes, but their taxes are simply a return to government of dollars that first had to be taken from the 73 million."
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"Government Can Be Hazardous to Your Health" - M. Stanton Evans 1975
Nationally, Medicaid costs increased from $1.3 billion in 1967 to $5.5 billion in January 1970 in keeping with a similar explosion of costs for Medicare. Robert J. Myers, former chief actuary of the Social Security administration, observes that cost overruns for Medicare during the first three years of operation amounted to $11 billion - 41 percent above the original estimates. For the hospital insurance portion of the program, costs were approximately double the original estimates. These results, of course, are in complete conformity with the experience of other nations that have adopted government "health insurance" programs.
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"Bureaucracy v. The Private Sector" - George C. Roche III 1975
Since people have no choice over taxation, they have to pay for the public institution; and when the money to finance it has been forced out of them, they are offered its services "free." The choice then facing them is that of choosing between something which they have already been forced to pay for, and which is therefore available free or at reduced cost, and something for which they must pay again, at full cost. The most amazing testament to the poverty of public provision of services is that, given this choice, so many people do elect to pay again in order to obtain a service worth having.
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"The Legitimate Role of Government in a Free Society" - Walter E. Williams 2000
What did the founders of the United States see as the legitimate role of government? To answer that question we should turn to the rule book they gave us: the United States Constitution. Most of what they considered legitimate functions of the federal government are found in Article I, Section 8 of our Constitution, which says, in part...
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Defend Civilization - Mark Helprin 2002
I ask you to defend and protect what is great and good, to choose your battles, but to stand your ground. For little things cascade into big things, and even should the larger battle not go well, hold your position. Even if, in the end, you do not prevail - though you must - you will have done right, and the ghosts of those who came before you over many thousands of years, of those who fell unknown and unremembered while doing right, of those who upheld against all pressures and in the face of wounding opposition, will be justly honored, as you will be justly honored, by those who come after you.
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A Conversation with Justice Clarence Thomas - Justice Clarence Thomas and Imprimis 2007
You hear people talk all the time about the Bill of Rights. But you should always keep in mind that the Bill of Rights was an afterthought. That's why it's made up of what are called amendments. It was not in the original Constitution. The rights in the Bill of Rights were originally assumed as natural rights, and some people at the time thought that writing them into the Constitution was redundant. Read the Declaration of Independence. We should always start, when we read the Constitution, by reading the Declaration, because it gives us the reasons why the structure of the Constitution was designed the way it was. And with the Constitution, it was the structure of the government that was supposed to protect our liberty. And what has happened through the years is that the protections afforded by that structure have been dissipated.
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Lights Out on Liberty - Mark Steyn 2008
Our democratic governments today preside over multicultural societies that have less and less glue holding them together. They've grown comfortable with the idea of the state as the mediator between interest groups. And confronted by growing and restive Muslim populations, they're increasingly at ease with the idea of regulating freedom in the interests of social harmony.
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A Nation of Cowards - Walter E. Williams 2009
Attorney General Eric Holder said the United States is "a nation of cowards" when it comes to race relations. In one sense, he is absolutely right.
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The Ride of Paul Revere
For many months before Paul Revere made his ride, tension between the Colonists and British Troops had been on the rise, both in the city and in surrounding towns. The Royal Government (the British government in Massachusetts) wanted to ensure that troops would be able to secure the colony in case of rebellion. Orders went out to confiscate weapons that the Colonists had been storing throughout the countryside.
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Miscellaneous

An American's Creed
American Motherhood by Theodore Roosevelt
How Our Laws Are Made (Goes offsite)
ParentalRights.org (Goes offsite)
Home School Legal Defense Association (Goes offsite)



Books

The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic
The Liberty Amendments, a set of proposed constitutional amendments that will unambiguously downsize the federal government by targeting specific loopholes that have allowed the statists to adulterate our Constitution. Far from this being a radically new vision, Levin proves - through founding documents and floor debates at the Constitutional Congress - how his ideas are in line with what the Founders envisioned in our Federal government. It's just that after years of deviating from the Constitution, it has become clear that we need very specific limitations on federal abuses - abuses that have gone far beyond the imagination of our Founders - in order to restore the Republic.



Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans
Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make American history come to life for the children of his listeners, so he created the character of a fearless middle-school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens, in adventures with exceptional Americans. In this book, he is transported back to the deck of the Mayflower.




Congressional Profile

114th Congress 2015

House Of Representatives

Membership:
  • 435 Members
  • 5 Delegates
  • 1 Resident Commissioner
Party Divisions
  • 201 Democrats
  • 234 Republicans
  • 0 Independents
  • 0 Vacancy




Senate

Membership
  • 100 Senators
    (Vice President votes in case of a tie)
Party Divisions
  • 44 Democrats
  • 54 Republicans
  • 2 Independents




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