The Kansas Federalist

Editor and Publisher Currie Myers, former sheriff of Johnson County Kansas and conservative strategist.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

A Brave New World - Cloning & Embryonic Stem Cell Research

“Creating a new human life solely in order to destroy that life in research for potential benefit to others is especially repugnant and shows profound disrespect for human life.” This recent announcement by the Knights of Columbus just indicates the ethical dilemma we in America now face. Our brave new world and its great scientific advances have brought us to the brink of the thought, “should we do it”, not just “can we do it.” Our fore fathers would have never seen such advancements in their visionary minds, but I’m sure based upon the writings of the Federalists papers that they would have disapproved. TKF believes this position against cloning by our founding fathers would have been so based upon their acceptance and understanding in the role that God has in public society. The Founders presented God as the primary Legislature on all acts of governance. Therefore, if it stands against the template of God’s existence then it shall not be acted upon.

Under the guise of advancing medical progress, advocates of human cloning want to create by cloning new, living human embryos for the sole purpose of destroying them in research. Since surveys show that cloning, for any reason, is strongly opposed by the majority of Americans, cloning advocates try to hide what they are doing. They say they are not involved in cloning. Instead they use the term, "somatic cell nuclear transfer." This is a deliberate attempt to mislead: somatic cell nuclear transfer is simply the process scientists use to create cloned human embryos. Such cloned human embryos can be transplanted to a woman's womb in an attempt to produce a baby, or they can be used - and destroyed - in research.

Adult stem cell research provides an ethical and highly promising alternative to human cloning in the effort to cure diseases. Conversely, embryonic stem cell research and human cloning have never been proven as a successful alternative. Medical progress does not need to come at the expense of destroying some human lives for the potential benefit of others. The Knights, the Catholic Church, as well as other religious denominations, involved in this ethical issue should be complimented for their stand against human cloning. Many times, Americans should be reminded of the acceptable order of events in which we exist. Cloning mocks God and attempts to place us as his equal. This, my friends, shall not stand!
- Currie Myers -

Monday, November 28, 2005

Amendments to the US Constitution

The Kansas Federalist is proud to provide to you the Amendments to the US Constitution. Please read and be proud of this great document.

Amendments to the ConstitutionCONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PROPOSED BY CONGRESS, AND RATIFIED BY THE LEGISLATURES OF THE SEVERAL STATES, PURSUANT TO THE FIFTH ARTICLE OF THE ORIGINAL CONSTITUTION

Article [I.]
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Article [II.]
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Article [III.]
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Article [IV.]
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Article [V.]
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Article [VI.]
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Article [VII.]
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Article [VIII.]
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Article [IX.]
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Article [X.]
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.

[Article XI.]
The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.

[Article XII.]
The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate;--The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted;--The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President. (See Note 14)--The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

Article XIII.
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Article XIV.
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age,(See Note 15) and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.
Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Article XV.
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Article XVI.
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

[Article XVII.]
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.
When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.
This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.

Article XVIII
Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.
Section. 2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Section. 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

Article [XIX].
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Article [XX.]
Section 1. The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.
Section. 2. The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.
Section. 3. If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.
Section. 4. The Congress may by law provide for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the House of Representatives may choose a President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them, and for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the Senate may choose a Vice President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them.
Section. 5. Sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on the 15th day of October following the ratification of this article.
Section. 6. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission.

Article [XXI.]
Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
Section 2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.
Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

Amendment XXII
Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
Section 2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission to the states by the Congress.

Amendment XXIII
Section 1. The District constituting the seat of government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as the Congress may direct:
A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a state, but in no event more than the least populous state; they shall be in addition to those appointed by the states, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of President and Vice President, to be electors appointed by a state; and they shall meet in the District and perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment XXIV
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Amendment XXV
Section 1. In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.
Section 2. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.
Section 3. Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.
Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.
Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

Amendment XXVI
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of age.
Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment XXVII
No law varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives shall take effect until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Blue District of Kansas

Yes, Toto, there are tax and spend liberals in Kansas! The 3rd District of Kansas comprised of Wyandotte, Douglas, and Johnson County is fastly becomming the East and West coast of the Midwest, or in simpler terms the "Blue District of Kansas".

It all starts when the people forget that local elected officials play just as an important role, if not more, than state and national elected officials. This month many citizens will receive their property tax information. In a snapshot TKF survey, 90% of the citizens contacted in our poll are seeing an increase in their property taxes. Specifically, the mill levy has increased at three different levels (city, county, and school district) and as a result income must be increased next year just to breakeven. Who is to blame for this issue? Simply put, the voters are responsibile for these tax increases.

As "Blue District" residents went to their soccer games and parent teacher meetings and became disconnected from their elected leaders, local officials in our city governments, county governments, and school boards satified their bureaucratic needs once again and voted for tax increases in virtually every area of the district. And what do we get in return for with these identified needs? City-run fitness centers, recreation areas, new government offices, football stadiums, soccer fields, indoor swimming facilities, benefits for gay partners, expanded city halls, just to name a few.

The citizen must understand that a conservative budgetary approach to the running of city, county, and school district is of paramount importance in order for this area to become truly successful. The 3rd District's greatness occured many years ago as a result of low taxes and investments into the business community. If the area is to maintain its success in this region they must get back to the business friendly philosophy that made this area one of the most successful in the United States.

It is Economics 101, the more money you have in your pocket the more money you will spend and that drives the economy and that pays for government services. If we continue down this heavy-handed, liberal tax and spend philosophy in the future, we will surely lose businesses, industry, and finally families for our community. If you like KCMO and its heavy taxes, bureaucracy of government, over-regulation of businesses and inefficient school system then just wait a few more years and the "Blue District of Kansas" will deliver those expectations.

As local elections take place in the coming months and next year, one should pause to consider the importance of electing strong fiscally-minded, strict constructionist conservatives to those respective offices.

-Currie Myers-

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

A Federalist Perspective on Crime

With the rise of the homicide rate in Kansas City, TKF thought it would be interesting to give a lecture to the readers on the causal reasons behind crime. As KCMO spends thousands of dollars on research, consultants, and time, to find the answer let us cut to the chase and give our opinions.

First and foremost, many social scientists in the liberal world of academia spend far too much energy and thought on contributing factors. TKF acknowledges that contributing factors does play a role and many times a significant role, however, these factors are not the root causes of why we have crime. The root causes of crime are described in three basic categories; the lack of parenting, the lack of discipline, and finally the lack of faith. These three factors play a most signifcant role in the cause and effect of crime and the reasons our country suffers from a continual moral breakdown in society.

The lack of parenting does not provide the family unit with the appropriate oversight and nurturing necessary to raise children and teach them social acceptance and appropriate behavior. The lack of discipline is related to our new culture of victimization and how no one is responsible for their actions and everyone is to blame but the one committing the offense. We have also failed to provide a basic infrastructure of discipline in terms of time and action of consequences. Finally, and most importantly, we have removed faith and God and yes, specifically in the US, which was founded on Christian principles, the removal of Jesus Christ from the public eye. The teachings of Christ, the Ten Commandments, and other Judeo-Christian principles have helped our country achieve the greatness and the excellence that we enjoy today. Without it, the US is merely Rome redux and will fall to extinction based on our Hedonism.

We have been told by the media and by government agencies that criminal activity is on and has been on a downward trend since the early 90's. Prior to that the US saw crime trends high only in the late 1960's and in the post Civil War era. Other than those times, US crime trend rates have ebbed and flowed at a fairly normal rate. TKF believes that the crime rates will spike in the next few years due to the following circumstances:

  • The increase in illegal alien trafficking.
  • The increase in synthetic drug abuse.
  • The breakdown of morals related to appropriate social norms.
  • The removal of God and faith from public discourse.
  • The reduction of two-parent households.
  • The inability of a new generation to understand and be taught social relationships, conflict resolutions skills, and basic public civility.

The vast majority of these crimes will be categorized in the area of property crimes, sexual deviant crimes, and drug offenses. Theft, fraud and deception will be a matter of constant attention for businesses and organizations.

Crime occurs for reasons. They just don't appear because of your socio-economic level, your race, or your location. Those are easy outs and ways to blame others for our problems. However, be aware that in the new secular US we no longer have parenting skills, discipline or faith that keep the contributing factors in check.

-Currie Myers-

Monday, November 21, 2005

The Kansas Federalist Kickoff

It is with sheer pleasure that "The Kansas Federalist" or TKF Blog is now part and parcel of the new political movement in Kansas as well as the midwest. Stay tuned for interesting news, topics, information and editorials. The Kansas Federalist is dedicated to the Constitution of the United States of America and to God and Country.

The information contained on this site will be vetted and written with honesty and responsibility and with the intent to make the founding fathers of our great country proud.

Very truly yours,

Sheriff (Ret) Currie Myers, PHD, MBA
Editor of the Kansas Federalist