RTPP News: The Trump Revolution Begins. [President Trump + 11 days and counting]
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- Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, First Inaugural Address and “Oath of Allegiance to All Americans.”
- RTPP February 2 meeting: The Trump Revolution Begins.
- Calendar of Patriotic and “Deplorable” Events.
- Our Active Patriot Activists.
- Prayers for our Patriots Facing Personal Challenges.
- Take Action.
- Truth in Textbooks. Winning the Next Generation.
- Citizens for Safety and Emergency Preparedness (CSEP)
- Winning the “Culture War” by Using Our “2nd Vote.”
- Great Videos, Articles and Memes.
- Tea Party Patriots principles.
- Redlands Tea Party Patriots online.
- Lost and Found.
🐺 Can California Vote to Leave the Union YES 🐒🐒 Can California Leave the Union NO 🐮
How California Can Legally Secede from the Union
Posted by Louis Marinelli March 03, 2016 4:37 PM
As we travel up and down California into coastal and inland communities alike, people show us tremendous support for the cause of California independence from the United States. Admittedly, there are those who just as passionately reject our vision for California’s future and wish to remain in the Union. One thing both these sides have in common is the notion that a state cannot legally secede from the Union and therefore the campaign is “the ultimate pipe dream” in the eyes of our supporters, and a “waste of time” for our critics. Although the path to seceding from the Union is a long and difficult journey, there are multiple legal paths for this campaign to succeed.
In 1869, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Texas v. White that states cannot unilaterally secede from the Union, not that it could not be done altogether. Indeed, there is no specific ban on state secession in the U.S. Constitution, even though that document does discuss states in Article IV:
“New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.”
Clearly missing from that paragraph is something to the effect of, “nor shall any State be expelled, or be permitted to withdraw from this Union.” What we have instead is the intent of the founders to allow Congress to handle the matters of statehood which explains why in Texas v. White the Supreme Court put the matter of state secession into their hands.
“When Texas became one of the United States, she entered into an indissoluble relation. The union between Texas and the other States was as complete, as perpetual, and as indissoluble as the union between the original States. There was no place for reconsideration or revocation, except through revolution or through consent of the States.”
Yes California highlights this last part because it is often left out of the discussion. Indeed, California cannot unilaterally declare itself independent of the United States even though the original 13 colonies unilaterally declared their independence from England. Instead, this highlighted clause outlines several paths to legal and peaceful secession but before we get to that, it will be necessary for Californians to weigh in on the matter, which is what Yes California’s 2020 independence referendum is about. If there is no mandate from the people to secede, there is no reason for us to embark on this long and difficult legal journey to achieve that goal. So, an independence referendum on the ballot goes first.
Now let’s say that the independence referendum succeeds and a clear majority of Californians declare their support for establishing the country of California independent of the United States. In that case, the journey begins.
A member of the California federal delegation to Washington would propose an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing the State of California to withdraw from the Union. The Amendment would have to be approved by 2/3 of the House of Representatives and 2/3 of the Senate. If the Amendment passed it would be sent to the fifty state legislatures to be considered (to satisfy the “consent of the states” requirement in Texas v. White). It would need to be accepted by at least 38 of the 50 state legislatures to be adopted.
California could call for a convention of the states (which is currently being organized to tackle other constitutional amendments as we speak) and the Amendment granting California its independence would have to be approved by 2/3 of the delegates to this convention. If it passed, the Amendment would be sent to the fifty state legislatures to be considered and 38 of the 50 states would have to approve the measure in order for it to be adopted.
These are the two possible paths for California’s legal secession from the Union and Yes California is dedicated to pursuing one or both of them in order to achieve the goal of establishing the country of California. Granted, the process of getting a constitutional amendment passed and ratified is a difficult and long one but that is why our campaign has started now. We need to educate Californians and Americans alike on why California independence will not only be for the benefit of the people of California, but just as importantly, that it will be for the benefit of this whole country.
Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States
January 20, 2017
“The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.”
Donald Trump’s First Inaugural Address is his pledge of allegiance to all Americans and his “Declaration of Independence” for the second American revolution to restore the first American revolution.
“What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.”
Here is an interactive picture of the inauguration and the Yuuge crowd refuting the pictures shown by some MSM taken hours before the inauguration.
And here is President Trump’s First Inaugural Address:
Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world: Thank you.
We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.
Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.
We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.
Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the American People.
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny.
The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.
For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;
Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;
For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.
Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.
Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.
It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.
This is your day. This is your celebration.
And this, the United States of America, is your country.
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.
January 20th 2017 will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
Everyone is listening to you now.
You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.
At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.
Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves.
These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.
We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;
And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.
We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.
One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.
The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.
But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.
We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power.
From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.
From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.
Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.
We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.
I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.
America will start winning again, winning like never before.
We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.
We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.
We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.
We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.
We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.
We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.
We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.
At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.
The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.
We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.
Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.
In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.
We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.
The time for empty talk is over.
Now arrives the hour of action.
Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.
We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.
We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.
A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights and heal our divisions.
It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: That whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.
And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.
So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:
You will never be ignored again.
Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.
We Will Make America Wealthy Again.
We Will Make America Proud Again.
We Will Make America Safe Again.
And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.
Enjoy the Inauguration; Then It’s Back to Work to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain
Enjoy the inauguration. Many dedicated Patriots worked very hard to make this day possible. Then it’s back to work to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.
We have a chance to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain and we may not get another chance.
The easiest part of making America great again was Donald Trump getting the nomination. The second easiest or second hardest part was winning the election, and that was close. The third and most difficult part of making America great again is doing so over the determined, fanatical opposition of the Dem Party, major elements of the Rep Party, the MSM, many big corporations, labor unions, most of the foundations, universities, the bureaucracy, many foreign governments, basically the entire globalist “Party of Davos.”
Donald Trump cannot #MakeAmericaGreatAgain alone. He needs the help of all American Patriots. But if we can show progress to most Americans, of all races and ethnicities, we can create a major political realignment and not only a greater, stronger, freer and more prosperous America, but also a long-term political majority for keeping America great, strong, free and prosperous.
As always, “The most important political office is that of the private citizen.” Justice Louis D. Brandeis
If you don’t have plans for celebrating #DonaldTrump’s inauguration, there are two great events in Riverside. You can contact me at Greg@RedlandsTeaParty.net for more info.