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Coins

Both Congress’ enumerated power to coin money (from any metal), and the power of the States to only make gold and silver legal tender, were powers that didn’t necessarily have to be exercised.

A power is something you can exercise, or not exercise. This is clearly evidenced by Congress’ other enumerated powers, such as the power to declare war, or to borrow money on the credit of the United States.

There was an insidious nature to the Coinage Act of 1792, in that it forced American taxpayers to pay for the cost of minting the gold and silver brought to be minted (see Section 14 on page 249), which was overwhelmingly owned by wealthy interests.

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"Treason"

Treason is a word that has been bandied about a lot since 9/11. There are even calls for Bilderberg attendees to be tried for treason.

Article III, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution states:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

Notice the use of “them” and “their” in reference to the States, and not the nation state of the United States.

Therefore, levying war against any of the States, or in adhering to the enemies of any of the States, constitutes treason.

However, Congress is vested with the sole power to declare the punishment of treason.

The Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

But what constitutes “Enemies” of the States? The Federalist Papers makes no explicit mention of this.

It is a big question, however, since some assert that the States have no “Enemies” in the absence of a formal declaration of war by Congress.

The fact that Congress is vested with the sole powers to declare war and the punishment of treason, is evidence to me that “Enemies” meant and means those that Congress has declared war against.

Without a constitutional declaration of war, “Enemies” can be designated at will, with no accountability, limitation, or common frame of reference on the part of those making that claim.

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IN - LONDON Windmill (rotate clockwise when vi...

Everyone wants power and waste disposal, yet when it comes to where the power sources and garbage dumps are to be located to meet that demand, most people don’t want them near their own backyard.

It gets a little too obvious when truly green energy projects like windmills are challenged by NIMBYers. Instead of being honest that they don’t want them near their homes because they’ll reduce their property value, be an eyesore, and other honest reasons, they often say they pose some sort of hazard.

Here is one such example.

While I’m all for an investigation of true scientific studies concerning the health effect of windmills, I support private property rights, and private property responsibilities of full liability for any actions undertaken on private property.

It really is laughable to me to fixate on opposing windmills on the basis of posing a health hazard — in this case, 550 metres away from homes, when, for example, within several blocks of where I live, there are two high-power transmission towers that sit less than 50 metres away from some homes.

I think Mr. Hanna needs to take a broader view of the health effects posed by all power sources near homes if he expects to be taken seriously by most people who are genuinely concerned about health effects, and not just their own property value and aesthetics.

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