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Tuesday, September 21, 2010


The president has decided to sue Arizona. I for one question the wisdom of this. A state passes a law to enforce a federal law that the president refuses to enforce. I see politics being played, an attempt to get votes rather than to secure our borders. A  sheriff from a southern Arizona county was interviewed on TV and he said that the Mexican Drug Cartel had put a bounty to have him assassinated.
When I taught the high school histories, I was intrigued by the history of Mexico. It is a very violent history from the Alamo, to Santa Ana, to Porfirio Dias, to Victoriano Huerta, to Ponco Villa, full of military dictators, one party rule and death squads. Most people don’t realize that from 1910 to 1920, Mexico had a most violent civil war that saw 250,000 people murdered. Machismo, bandito, and payola, are words that have influenced their culture. Is this the type of governmental precedence we want dominating our southern states? I say no. Do not get me wrong, some of the best people in the United States are Hispanic, most are hard working and honest, I am talking about the history of the government in Mexico. I say the president’s lawsuit is a huge waste of time, money, and effort.  

Our continuing look at the US Constitution takes us to the 23rd amendment (Presidential Electors for the District of Columbia): “Section

1. The district constituting the seat of Government of the United States shall appoint in such manner 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 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.

The 23rd amendment allows the votes for President in Washington, D.C. to be counted in the Electoral College. There are 435 voting members of the House of Representatives and 100 US Senators. Together, there are 535 electoral votes, but with this amendment, there are 538. It takes 270 electoral votes to be elected President. This Amendment was ratified by 38 States on March 29, 1961.

The 24th amendment – Right to Vote in a Federal Election – Tax Payment: “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 Senate 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. Sec. 2 The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

The 24th amendment was proposed by Congress in Sept of 1962 and ratified by 38 state Legislatures in January of 1964. It was a civil right amendment which allowed all people to vote without having to pay to vote. Poll taxes were often used in the southern states. Some school districts had tried to limit voters to only those who paid property taxes, but the Supreme Court has struck those restrictions down.

I didn’t have a brother. I wished I would have, especially a younger brother, someone to beat around on and teach all the wrong things to. It was fun watching my two sons grow up and have little exchanges and do things together. My older son was very patient with his younger sibling and they were both interested in video games and sports.

One time my younger son was watching TV and the older boy went in the bathroom and came out with a toothbrush.

Nate said, “Why is my toothbrush all black?”

Josh said, “I used it to clean the Nintendo.”

Nate said, “Hey, Josh, go get your toothbrush,”

Josh said, “Why?”

Nate said, “Because I want to use it to clean my butt.”

Have a good one!

Yours in the Spirit of the Republic,


Mike is a New England businessman who is currently a legislator serving in the North Dakota House of Representatives (District 36). He has served in that capacity between 1988-90, and was reelected in 2008 to his current term. He was a National Finalist for the High School Coach of the Year in 2000, leading the New England Tigers to four North Dakota State Class B championships in 1988, 1995, 1996, and 1997. He ended his coaching career with a 47-game winning streak. (A collection of Coach’s writings is available in book form at dakotabooknet.com)

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Mike, I’ve got three brothers; they are highly over-rated. You can adopt all three if you wish!


Lynn Bergman on September 26, 2010 at 05:33 pm
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