Our founding fathers did not want all the power to be given to a few, to rule over many, so they created four great powers, so that each power could keep the other powers from having so much power that they could overpower the other three. They knew this was the way to maintain freedom in their new Nation, to be kept for many generations. They were thinking of their posterity, and those who would come here. They were thinking of us!
The fourth power has long ago lost its luster, given up gradually over time, by us. It is now the very weakest of the four powers because most do not know a fourth power exists. It is so weak, we don’t even teach about it in our schools. Most of us were taught in school that there are three powers for the checks and balances of the United States of America. They are called the three branches of government.
The fourth power is this: The States have rights. “AMENDMENT 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.” http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/tenth_amendment
The founding fathers knew every state was different. The states already had their own governments, currency, tariffs, and laws. The states were all founded differently. They were only 13 colonies before the Articles of Confederation was written, and they were all founded by unique groups, which had unique visions of how things should be. They wanted to maintain their group culture, their own laws and government.
Many feared that uniting under one strong Federal Power, would take too many rights from the people, and they’d have a government just like the one they had recently fought a very risky revolution, passionately, to get away from. The arguing, physical fighting and debates lasted a long time and were very intense. Getting all of those people to agree, enough to sign the constitution, one by one, was a miracle. The reason they DID come to an agreement was because the federal government would not be taking many rights. The majority of the rights, governing, decision-making and power, would remain, as stated in the 10th amendment, with the states or in the hands of the people of the nation.
I have been reading this book. http://www.amazon.com/States-Rights-Union-1776-1876-University/dp/0700612270/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387407313&sr=8-1&keywords=states+rights+and+the+union
It is not so, now. The states have been losing many rights over the years, and now the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches are the only three powers most know exist, because of their great powers.
We can take our states’ rights back. Neither the U.S. of A. nor the Constitution thereof, would exist were it not for the retention of powers by the 13 original states. The fourth power was a necessary part of the founding of our country.
Each state’s powers begin with each of the States’ Constitutions, written by the Legislative Branches of each state, enforced by the Executive Branches of each state (the Governor being at the head), and the power of the Constitution translated into law and understood by, the Judicial Branches within each state.
Each state elects representatives to be sent to the United States government, in Washington D.C., each year to make laws pertaining to the entire United States and to understand and even change, the U.S. Constitution. They are the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senators representing each of our great states. These we call Congress and also “The Legislative Branch.”
This is not where the fourth power exists alone. These form only a portion of the fourth power. Another portion makes decisions at our state level. These are the State House of Representatives and the State Senate. Most people call this the “Legislature” or “the State Legislature.”
Another piece of the fourth power is the Executive Branch of the State. The National Governors Association web site (http://www.nga.org/cms/home.html) states that:
“Governors, all of whom are popularly elected, serve as the chief executive officers of the fifty states and five commonwealths and territories.
“As state managers, governors are responsible for implementing state laws and overseeing the operation of the state executive branch. As state leaders, governors advance and pursue new and revised policies and programs using a variety of tools, among them executive orders, executive budgets, and legislative proposals and vetoes.
“Governors carry out their management and leadership responsibilities and objectives with the support and assistance of department and agency heads, many of whom they are empowered to appoint. A majority of governors have the authority to appoint state court judges as well, in most cases from a list of names submitted by a nominations committee.
“Although governors have many roles and responsibilities in common, the scope of gubernatorial power varies from state to state in accordance with state constitutions, legislation, and tradition, and governors often are ranked by political historians and other observers of state politics according to the number and extent of their powers. Ranking factors may include the following.
“Qualifications and tenure
“Legislative—including budget and veto—authority
“Although not necessarily a ranking factor, the power to issue executive orders and take emergency actions is a significant gubernatorial responsibility that varies from state to state.”
A fourth piece of the power of the states, or the fourth power of checks and balances of the United States, remain with the Judicial Branches within each state. Each state has its own constitution and its own courts, which understand the Constitution of the State and the U.S. Constitution, and use them to debate and to judge, using these documents, which are the laws.
The Governor has great power. I am not of the opinion that “Emergency Powers” should include the power to sign an agreement that our state will accept Common Core Standards and will enact it in our schools, just because it is a “Race to the Top” and money is promised to the winners.
In November 2009, knowing that the Legislative Branches of the United States and of each state, would not be meeting until January of 2010, a “Race to the Top” was begun, states racing to sign an agreement and to implement Common Core Standards in Education, to be made Common among all of the states signing on. Money was promised to the “winners.” Lots of money was promised. Money was promised, which the Executive Branch had no right to offer, because this “stimulus” money coming in, had stopped coming in, in 2008. Nevertheless, it was offered, existing or not, to the states who would first adopt Common Core.
45 States, hurt by a bad economy, needed that money (more than they needed to retain states’ rights), and, without the power or authority to do so (because the power to make such decisions is in the Legislative Branches of each state, and they would not be meeting until January of 2010), signed the documents bringing these states into the Common Core.
These 45 states were promised the rights to amend and agree to the Common Core, once written. The first draft of the Common Core was written in March of 2010, and it was copyrighted and the legal copy within it stated that it could not be changed. This means also, that none of the 45 states could, as promised before, amend or change the Common Core.
Karen Bracken. Speaking in Tenessee http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X0EFeH25bw&feature=share&list=PL9ed8s2OCD6i9XYVi3dQ6qrR3137pBkC-&index=12, said the following:
“The writing of the Common Core was paid for and headed by, Bill and Linda Gates. In 2004, Bill Gates signed an agreement to support the UNESCO (TinShipProd), which is United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, established in1945 in Paris, France (Wikipedia).”
Bill Gates signed agreement with UNESCO to promote their agenda, which is Agenda 21. http://www.eagleforum.org/links/UNESCO-MS.pdf Agenda 21 is very evil because it teaches and pushes things which are against Christianity and against God. One of these is the “population control agenda, which not only pushes for the reduction of those living now, but also seeks to reduce the number of children born into the world. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vzFeiKH1jQ&feature=share&list=PL9ed8s2OCD6i9XYVi3dQ6qrR3137pBkC-&index=40 This is very much against God’s agenda. http://www.lds.org/ensign/2005/04/strengthening-the-family-multiply-and-replenish-the-earth
In Agenda 21 http://www.earthsummit2002.org/toolkits/women/current/PovertyDocuments.txt , under Girls, Activities, 3.e., we read,
“Programmes to establish and strengthen preventive and curative health facilities, which include women-centred, women-managed, safe and effective reproductive health care and affordable, accessible, responsible planning of family size and services,…”
in 8.a. “Knowledge and experience on the part of women of the management and conservation of natural resources for incorporation in the databases and information systems for sustainable development;”
“Sustainable development refers to a mode of human development in which resource use aims to meet human needs while ensuring the sustainability of natural systems and the environment, so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come. The term ‘sustainable development’ was used by the Brundtland Commission, which coined what has become the most often-quoted definition of sustainable development: “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.””
Later, it says in wikipedia, that “sustainable development” is a plan, which plan is the Earth Charter. http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/pages/Read-the-Charter.html In the Earth Charter under I. 3. b. it states:
“Promote social and economic justice, enabling all to achieve a secure and meaningful livelihood that is ecologically responsible.”
They are attempting to redefine & limit freedom as something that is “ecologically responsible.” In other words, if it is not “ecologically responsible,” it is not your right to do it!
Jonathon Porritt, former chairman of the Green Party, defines ecological responsibility here, by telling the world that Population Control is a responsibility belonging to all of us, and calling those who have over 2 children, “irresponsible.”
In conclusion, I’d like to state that I am against common core for these reasons mainly. First, I am against it because it takes away the “fourth power” which is the states’ rights. Second, I am against it because I do not believe the Governors should be able to claim the right to voting on a way to get more money in a tough economy by giving up states’ rights to get money from the Federal Government, by stating that they were using their “Emergency Powers.” Third, Common Core is the brainchild of Bill Gates and UNESCO, UNESCO being the group which wishes to promote Agenda 21, which is against God’s agenda.