Updated Bill List – CONSTITUTION WATCH, EPA and Aministrative Power and Funcitons!

The Environmental Protection Agency may be given to power to make rules and have enforcement concerning the regulation of CARBON DIOXIDE.  There is NO LAW being passed for this – it is an ADMINISTRATIVE part of the government that has been given the power to make rules about carbon dioxide emissions, as well as the power to ENFORCE these rules.  Please keep an eye on this as it can have many negative repercussions for our society, free market, and liberties.

Already in our national and local versions of The Good American Post, you will find contact information for your representatives at the local, state, and national level.  We want to take this one step further by have information on LEGISLATION that is at the state and national levels that may affect our Constitutional Rights.  Let’s all look at the issues and make sure that our representatives are aware of how we feel about them.  KNOW WHAT YOU ARE VOTING FOR and keep your representatives honest!

OTHER BILLS TO KEEP YOUR EYES ON:


HR-4289 Colorado Wilderness Act of 2009

Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010 – Could either remove natural vitamins from the marketplace, or make them regulated to the point where they would HAVE TO BE SOLD BY A PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY.

HR-2454, American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

HR-3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009

HR-2749,  Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009
– This one has already passed in the House!!!!

HR-875, Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009

HR-3458, Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009

HR- 45, Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009


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Step by Step, We Can Change to Real Food

By: Tamrah Jo Ortiz

In an attempt to find ways to help my dad in his battle with cancer, I fell down the rabbit’s hole of nutrition, organic eating, shopping locally and the sustainable lifestyle.  And I, in my usual mode of patience and caution (cough, cough) moved my family over to Real Food in one month.   I spent every penny of my monthly grocery budget ($400 for a family of 4) on the organically grown/harvested/low or no processed items I needed to provide us with nutrient-rich, healthy food.  I had put myself in the position of ‘sink or swim’ – this is also known in the poker world as being “all in” and let the chips fall where they may… I was “all in.”

That first month was a nightmare!  14 hour days in the kitchen became the norm as I sprouted grains to dry and grind for flour, made deep bone broths for the base of all my own sauces, soups and gravies, struggled to find the perfect recipe to turn my sprouted wheat flour into palatable pasta my family would eat and struggling to lift the 22 quart stock pot full of chicken rice soup from the stove to the counter to cool.

My shelves and counters were covered with jars of beans, legumes and grains in different stages of soaking/sprouting.  The refrigerator held pans of potatoes and rice, soaking to remove the excess starch, for easier digestion.

But I did it.  I persevered and at the end of 4 months, I could name off at least a dozen benefits/changes I could see if my everyday life – gone were the night sweats that had haunted me since my hysterectomy.   The muscle soreness and joint stiffness and low grade fevers I had struggled with for years were a thing of the past.   I had lost over 50 pounds without counting calories, hiring a personal trainer or depriving myself of sweets, carbohydrates, sugar or fats.

Would I encourage you to do what I did?  Nope, at least not the way I did it.   Especially not if you work full-time.   It would be just too much.

So, in the hopes of enticing you to get you and your family back to real food, I’ll be sharing with you transitioning steps to take you through the process gradually, without the stress, tears and heartache I went through.  In the coming months we’ll move from making simple changes in our buying choices to learning how to ‘cook from scratch’ without spending all day, every day in the kitchen.

Read the rest of the story on Page 9 of The Good American Post, National Edition – Quarter 1 (down-loadable from website).

Honoring Our Troops – We Want Your Stories!

We want stories about the men and women who are serving or who have served to protect our country.  It is simple, anyone can send us information, and we will set this up so that more folks around our country can get to see those that are giving their lives to protect our liberty.

We are looking for short-stories (around 300-400 words) and pictures that show these soldiers in our various branches of military service.  Send us their information, and our readership, both in print and online, will get to see why we are so proud and so grateful for our troops.

Please send all information and pictures to: goodamericanpost@gmail.com at put in the subject line “Honoring Our Troops”.

Trinity Brewing Company = Great Beer, Fabulous Food, and Easy on the Environment

At a last-minute meeting suggested by good friend and advertising client Bill Morris, with BlueStar Recyclers, we frequented Trinity Brewing Company in Colorado Springs.

I was stunned (as a food-snob) at their tantalizing menu, that included a “key” to decipher amongst meals that were: Meatless, Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-Free (not to say that their menu does not cater to the carnivore).  You can find items such as:

– The Farmers Salad: Made from ingredients from local farms.

– Colorado Bison Sliders: Small sandwiches available in a variety of flavors and combinations.

– Stuffed Bell Pepper: An organic bell pepper full of seitan, salsa cruda. cayenne cream cheese, all served on a bed of quinoa.

– Brewery Biscuits & Gravy: Homemade biscuits made with TRINITY Soul beer, smothered in vegetarian sausage country gravy.

That’s just the food, their beer-menu is equally eclectic and unique, with such names as: The Soul Horkey Ale, Sunna Wit Beer, Flo India Pale Ale, Farmhouse Saison, and Awaken Coffee Stout.

Cheers to this fine local company that is supporting local economies, local farmers, and a healthy/happy society.

Find their complete menu and additional information on their company online at: http://trinitybrew.com, and don’t be surprised to find the various staff members and advertisers of the Southern Colorado Good American Post indulging in this local pub’s offerings.

By Tisha Casida

Las Canarias – Fine Dining with Local Fare

On a recent trip to San Antonio, our Good American Post staff was able to indulge in local cuisine at the Las Canarias restaurant located on the River Walk.

A menu that touts itself as “refined American cuisine, hand-selected from the finest offerings of our local Ranchers, Farmers, Dairymen and Vintners” is sure to please one’s palate.

Menu items that were of special interest to our crew included:

– Ropas Vieja on Local Tortilla (with Fresh Jalapeno, Avocado and Queso Fresco)

– Trio of Stuffed Medjool Dates (with Blue Cheese and Bacon)

– Jumbo Lump Crab Cake (with Smoked Tomato Remoulade)

– Piquillo Peppers (Cage Free Egg Salad with Guanciale)

The weather was gorgeous, the atmosphere perfect, and the relaxed dining delectable.  The complete menu can be found on their website.

Thank You Soldier, SSG Cheyenne Smithey

SSG Cheyenne Smithey is currently serving us and our country in the U.S. Army.  He is with Alpha Company, 2-7 CAV, stationed at Ft. Hood, TX.  Smithey is a squad leader involved in training soldiers to prepare them for deployment. This includes training in tactical knowledge and preparing them physically for combat.  So far in his miltary career, he has had a tour in Afghanistan and two tours in Iraq. Smithey is married to Anitra Reynolds Smithey, daughter of Ernie and Carol Reynolds of Walsenburg.  They have a son, Toby, and a daughter, Rylee.  His parents are Chuck and Marianne Smithey of Gardner and who also own Antique Ave and Boutique Blvd, on Main in Walsenburg.  Thank you SSG Cheyenne Smithey for serving us and our country!  You are one of our Huerfano (Colorado) Hometown Heroes.  Join their fan-page at:

Political Party Elites Better Take Notice!

By Steve Thompson

Get ready for a new type of politician. Bob McConnell is running for Congress representing the 3rd district in Colorado – and he is not alone.  Just about everyone agrees that real change in Washington requires new non-career politicians.  The arguments have been made regarding experience and “seasoned” career-seeking politicians, however the people of our great country are just not buying into that brand of ongoing unsuccessful results. We the people are demanding better results and better-qualified candidates like McConnell.

I had heard a radio interview with McConnell a few months ago and really liked what he had to say – a diverse and interesting guy.  He’s got it all, recovering lawyer, former soldier, practical environmentalist, family-man, with a demonstrated spirit and passion to stand by his words with actions.  The interview worked, I was hooked and wanted to know more.

I am one of those Independent voters that the two traditional parties hate (the Independents who actually make the difference regarding who gets elected).   Many people tell me that I’m wasting my vote and both parties remind me that “I” (with my vote) am why the opposition gets into power.  Obviously, both sides think I am on their side and not the other.  Therein lies the problem, they don’t want to accept I don’t support either of them and millions of voters don’t…yes, millions of us.

Read the WHOLE Story on Page 21 of our National Premier Edition at: www.GoodAmericanPost.com!

What We Want – Part II

By: Richard A. Correa Sr. SGT RIARNG, Retired

One of the most important things we want is to destroy the doctrine that the US Constitution is a ‘living document’. This doctrine was established by the early progressive movement in the US. Like Dracula, feeding on the life blood of a person, this doctrine sucks the strength of the constitutional limitations on government out of the constitution and is draining the life from the republic. And like dealing with any other vampire we must drive a stake through its’ heart and expose it to the light of day, destroying it.

The early progressives, like Teddy Roosevelt, wanted to do much more to change the country when they found themselves in power in our government but were constrained by constitutional limitations. Though they could argue for change and use the amendment process to change the constitution they felt they could not get the public to agree to the changes they wanted. At that time in our history we were better educated in the constitution and our civic duties than we are today. It would be very difficult for the progressives to overcome this and it was cumbersome and slow. They needed a way to circumvent the limitations on governmental power placed by the US Constitution, and in the ‘living constitution’ doctrine they found it.

For those unfamiliar with the concept it is described in Wikipedia as follows:

The Living Constitution is a concept in American constitutional interpretation which claims that the Constitution has a dynamic meaning. The idea is associated with views that contemporaneous society should be taken into account when interpreting key constitutional phrases.

While the arguments for the Living Constitution vary, they can generally be broken into two categories. First, the pragmatist view contends that interpreting the Constitution in accordance with long outdated views is often unacceptable as a policy matter, and thus that an evolving interpretation is necessary. The second, relating to intent, contends that the constitutional framers specifically wrote the Constitution in broad and flexible terms to create such a dynamic, “living” document. Opponents of the idea often argue that the Constitution should be changed through the amendment process, and that the theory can be used by judges to inject their personal values into constitutional interpretation.

I’m sure that most of you will agree that, as described in the last sentence of the above, the opponents of this doctrine are correct, based on the federal court decisions of the last 100 years.

Now academia has gone to great lengths to support this doctrine since it was first proposed in 1937 in the book ‘The Living Constitution’ by Professor Howard McBain.. Many noted Americans like Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Louis D. Brandeis, and Woodrow Wilson have supported the concept. Many authors have written scholarly tomes on the subject praising our founders in their brilliance at creating such a document. And at the same time, these same authors were telling progressive political leaders how to further undermine the republic.

Many of you may remember, as I do, our teachers telling us that the constitution was a living document, made to change with the times thus indoctrinating us into believing the government can do anything it wants.

In my not so humble opinion the answer to all of their arguments in favor of this doctrine, and the stake to be driven through it’s heart, is found in Article VI, paragraph 2 of the US Constitution which states:

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.

My argument is simply the US Constitution is the supreme law of the land and a law has to say what it means and mean what it says. This does not allow for ‘changing interpretations based on the times and societal needs’.

To illustrate, let’s take a look at the simple law that requires us to stop at a stop sign when we are driving. We all know that if we are caught by a police officer driving through instead of stopping we will be ticketed and fined, in other words, punished for breaking the law. If we do it enough times we will lose our license to drive because we broke the law. The law says what it means and means what it says.

Now, let us make our stop sign law a ‘living document’. What does that mean? Does it mean that on Monday you must stop but on Tuesday maybe you should stop but you really don’t have to? What about Wednesday? Can you zip on through if your name starts with an R but you have to stop if your name starts with a P? What about Thursday, Friday, next week, next year or the next century? How can you punish anyone if you do not know how ‘society’ will interpret the law from one moment to the next? Obviously, this law does not say what it means and mean what it says.

To further the argument, if the constitution is a ‘living document’ then any law made under it must be ‘living’ as well. This means the entire US code is a living document, and means something different from one moment to the next, and is unenforceable. If we follow this argument one could say that every person that was convicted in a federal court, and is in a federal prison would have to be released if we all work up one morning and decided that our ‘living’ constitution, and the code of law created under it, had changed meaning.

No society can exist under such a system. Therefore, the ‘living Constitution’ doctrine is a fallacious argument and with out merit. So let us finish driving this stake through it’s heart and drag it into the light of truth so it will turn into the dust it truly is and be blown away by the winds of change.

Keeping Track of the Votes – YOUR REPRESENTATIVES at work

This is how our House of Representatives voted on the Health Care Bill.  Take note of people who may have not have voiced your interest for upcoming elections.

This information was taken from:  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/03/22/house-roll-health-care-overhaul/

ALASKA

Republicans — Young, N.

ARIZONA

Democrats — Giffords, Y; Grijalva, Y; Kirkpatrick, Y; Mitchell, Y; Pastor, Y.

Republicans — Flake, N; Franks, N; Shadegg, N.

ARKANSAS

Democrats — Berry, N; Ross, N; Snyder, Y.

Republicans — Boozman, N.

CALIFORNIA

Democrats — Baca, Y; Becerra, Y; Berman, Y; Capps, Y; Cardoza, Y; Chu, Y; Costa, Y; Davis, Y; Eshoo, Y; Farr, Y; Filner, Y; Garamendi, Y; Harman, Y; Honda, Y; Lee, Y; Lofgren, Zoe, Y; Matsui, Y; McNerney, Y; Miller, George, Y; Napolitano, Y; Pelosi, Y; Richardson, Y; Roybal-Allard, Y; Sanchez, Linda T., Y; Sanchez, Loretta, Y; Schiff, Y; Sherman, Y; Speier, Y; Stark, Y; Thompson, Y; Waters, Y; Watson, Y; Waxman, Y; Woolsey, Y.

Republicans — Bilbray, N; Bono Mack, N; Calvert, N; Campbell, N; Dreier, N; Gallegly, N; Herger, N; Hunter, N; Issa, N; Lewis, N; Lungren, Daniel E., N; McCarthy, N; McClintock, N; McKeon, N; Miller, Gary, N; Nunes, N; Radanovich, N; Rohrabacher, N; Royce, N.

COLORADO

Democrats — DeGette, Y; Markey, Y; Perlmutter, Y; Polis, Y; Salazar, Y.

Republicans — Coffman, N; Lamborn, N.

CONNECTICUT

Democrats — Courtney, Y; DeLauro, Y; Himes, Y; Larson, Y; Murphy, Y.

DELAWARE

Republicans — Castle, N.

FLORIDA

Democrats — Boyd, Y; Brown, Corrine, Y; Castor, Y; Grayson, Y; Hastings, Y; Klein, Y; Kosmas, Y; Meek, Y; Wasserman Schultz, Y.

Republicans — Bilirakis, N; Brown-Waite, Ginny, N; Buchanan, N; Crenshaw, N; Diaz-Balart, L., N; Diaz-Balart, M., N; Mack, N; Mica, N; Miller, N; Posey, N; Putnam, N; Rooney, N; Ros-Lehtinen, N; Stearns, N; Young, N.

GEORGIA

Democrats — Barrow, N; Bishop, Y; Johnson, Y; Lewis, Y; Marshall, N; Scott, Y.

Republicans — Broun, N; Deal, N; Gingrey, N; Kingston, N; Linder, N; Price, N; Westmoreland, N.

HAWAII

Democrats — Hirono, Y.

IDAHO

Democrats — Minnick, N.

Republicans — Simpson, N.

ILLINOIS

Democrats — Bean, Y; Costello, Y; Davis, Y; Foster, Y; Gutierrez, Y; Halvorson, Y; Hare, Y; Jackson, Y; Lipinski, N; Quigley, Y; Rush, Y; Schakowsky, Y.

Republicans — Biggert, N; Johnson, N; Kirk, N; Manzullo, N; Roskam, N; Schock, N; Shimkus, N.

INDIANA

Democrats — Carson, Y; Donnelly, Y; Ellsworth, Y; Hill, Y; Visclosky, Y.

Republicans — Burton, N; Buyer, N; Pence, N; Souder, N.

IOWA

Democrats — Boswell, Y; Braley, Y; Loebsack, Y.

Republicans — King, N; Latham, N.

KANSAS

Democrats — Moore, Y.

Republicans — Jenkins, N; Moran, N; Tiahrt, N.

KENTUCKY

Democrats — Chandler, N; Yarmuth, Y.

Republicans — Davis, N; Guthrie, N; Rogers, N; Whitfield, N.

LOUISIANA

Democrats — Melancon, N.

Republicans — Alexander, N; Boustany, N; Cao, N; Cassidy, N; Fleming, N; Scalise, N.

MAINE

Democrats — Michaud, Y; Pingree, Y.

MARYLAND

Democrats — Cummings, Y; Edwards, Y; Hoyer, Y; Kratovil, N; Ruppersberger, Y; Sarbanes, Y; Van Hollen, Y.

Republicans — Bartlett, N.

MASSACHUSETTS

Democrats — Capuano, Y; Delahunt, Y; Frank, Y; Lynch, N; Markey, Y; McGovern, Y; Neal, Y; Olver, Y; Tierney, Y; Tsongas, Y.

MICHIGAN

Democrats — Conyers, Y; Dingell, Y; Kildee, Y; Kilpatrick, Y; Levin, Y; Peters, Y; Schauer, Y; Stupak, Y.

Republicans — Camp, N; Ehlers, N; Hoekstra, N; McCotter, N; Miller, N; Rogers, N; Upton, N.

MINNESOTA

Democrats — Ellison, Y; McCollum, Y; Oberstar, Y; Peterson, N; Walz, Y.

Republicans — Bachmann, N; Kline, N; Paulsen, N.

MISSISSIPPI

Democrats — Childers, N; Taylor, N; Thompson, Y.

Republicans — Harper, N.

MISSOURI

Democrats — Carnahan, Y; Clay, Y; Cleaver, Y; Skelton, N.

Republicans — Akin, N; Blunt, N; Emerson, N; Graves, N; Luetkemeyer, N.

MONTANA

Republicans — Rehberg, N.

NEBRASKA

Republicans — Fortenberry, N; Smith, N; Terry, N.

NEVADA

Democrats — Berkley, Y; Titus, Y.

Republicans — Heller, N.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Democrats — Hodes, Y; Shea-Porter, Y.

NEW JERSEY

Democrats — Adler, N; Andrews, Y; Holt, Y; Pallone, Y; Pascrell, Y; Payne, Y; Rothman, Y; Sires, Y.

Republicans — Frelinghuysen, N; Garrett, N; Lance, N; LoBiondo, N; Smith, N.

NEW MEXICO

Democrats — Heinrich, Y; Lujan, Y; Teague, N.

NEW YORK

Democrats — Ackerman, Y; Arcuri, N; Bishop, Y; Clarke, Y; Crowley, Y; Engel, Y; Hall, Y; Higgins, Y; Hinchey, Y; Israel, Y; Lowey, Y; Maffei, Y; Maloney, Y; McCarthy, Y; McMahon, N; Meeks, Y; Murphy, Y; Nadler, Y; Owens, Y; Rangel, Y; Serrano, Y; Slaughter, Y; Tonko, Y; Towns, Y; Velazquez, Y; Weiner, Y.

Republicans — King, N; Lee, N.

NORTH CAROLINA

Democrats — Butterfield, Y; Etheridge, Y; Kissell, N; McIntyre, N; Miller, Y; Price, Y; Shuler, N; Watt, Y.

Republicans — Coble, N; Foxx, N; Jones, N; McHenry, N; Myrick, N.

NORTH DAKOTA

Democrats — Pomeroy, Y.

OHIO

Democrats — Boccieri, Y; Driehaus, Y; Fudge, Y; Kaptur, Y; Kilroy, Y; Kucinich, Y; Ryan, Y; Space, N; Sutton, Y; Wilson, Y.

Republicans — Austria, N; Boehner, N; Jordan, N; LaTourette, N; Latta, N; Schmidt, N; Tiberi, N; Turner, N.

OKLAHOMA

Democrats — Boren, N.

Republicans — Cole, N; Fallin, N; Lucas, N; Sullivan, N.

OREGON

Democrats — Blumenauer, Y; DeFazio, Y; Schrader, Y; Wu, Y.

Republicans — Walden, N.

PENNSYLVANIA

Democrats — Altmire, N; Brady, Y; Carney, Y; Dahlkemper, Y; Doyle, Y; Fattah, Y; Holden, N; Kanjorski, Y; Murphy, Patrick, Y; Schwartz, Y; Sestak, Y.

Republicans — Dent, N; Gerlach, N; Murphy, Tim, N; Pitts, N; Platts, N; Shuster, N; Thompson, N.

RHODE ISLAND

Democrats — Kennedy, Y; Langevin, Y.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Democrats — Clyburn, Y; Spratt, Y.

Republicans — Barrett, N; Brown, N; Inglis, N; Wilson, N.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Democrats — Herseth Sandlin, N.

TENNESSEE

Democrats — Cohen, Y; Cooper, Y; Davis, N; Gordon, Y; Tanner, N.

Republicans — Blackburn, N; Duncan, N; Roe, N; Wamp, N.

TEXAS

Democrats — Cuellar, Y; Doggett, Y; Edwards, N; Gonzalez, Y; Green, Al, Y; Green, Gene, Y; Hinojosa, Y; Jackson Lee, Y; Johnson, E. B., Y; Ortiz, Y; Reyes, Y; Rodriguez, Y.

Republicans — Barton, N; Brady, N; Burgess, N; Carter, N; Conaway, N; Culberson, N; Gohmert, N; Granger, N; Hall, N; Hensarling, N; Johnson, Sam, N; Marchant, N; McCaul, N; Neugebauer, N; Olson, N; Paul, N; Poe, N; Sessions, N; Smith, N; Thornberry, N.

UTAH

Democrats — Matheson, N.

Republicans — Bishop, N; Chaffetz, N.

VERMONT

Democrats — Welch, Y.

VIRGINIA

Democrats — Boucher, N; Connolly, Y; Moran, Y; Nye, N; Perriello, Y; Scott, Y.

Republicans — Cantor, N; Forbes, N; Goodlatte, N; Wittman, N; Wolf, N.

WASHINGTON

Democrats — Baird, Y; Dicks, Y; Inslee, Y; Larsen, Y; McDermott, Y; Smith, Y.

Republicans — Hastings, N; McMorris Rodgers, N; Reichert, N.

WEST VIRGINIA

Democrats — Mollohan, Y; Rahall, Y.

Republicans — Capito, N.

WISCONSIN

Democrats — Baldwin, Y; Kagen, Y; Kind, Y; Moore, Y; Obey, Y.

Republicans — Petri, N; Ryan, N; Sensenbrenner, N.

WYOMING

Republicans — Lummis, N.

Now "This Is Change"

By Tisha Casida

Yesterday, history was made with a vote and a proposed overhaul of a system that will bankrupt my country, harm my small business, and set a precedence for unconsitutionality that we will not forget.  I am angry – so are millions of other hard-working Americans.

If “this is change”, then I cannot wait for WE THE PEOPLE to take our country back and remind those is Washington that this it THE PEOPLE’S STATE, NOT the politicians, and certainly not the majority party’s.

Last year we started this paper to be a force for our constitution and the free markets that make our Country thrive.  Today, this is a vehicle for ANYONE to use to make sure we vote out all of the representatives that have just ignored the people’s cries, and have challenged the governing document of The United States of America.

For our troops that have fought for this country, for our families who work hard to pay their bills and pay their taxes, and for the next generation who will have to pay for this ridiculous bill – we will fight until we restore our country back to what it is supposed to be – you have my word.

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