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Don Nelson: A Local Legend In Broadcasting February 27, 2015
Ted Poe, R-TX
"And that’s just the way it is."
The Second Amendment Is The Law Of The Land Whether Or Not It’S Convenient February 27, 2015
Ted Poe, R-TX
"Mr. Speaker, when this Administration doesn’t get its way, it sets aside the Constitution and does what it wants anyway. Much to the displeasure of the White House, Congress has defended the Second Amendment from the President’s efforts to infringe on Americans’ right to bear arms. So, the White House has now announced through an executive edict by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) a ban on common rifle ammunition used by millions of law abiding gun owners in the United States. Instead of addressing the problem, those who unlawfully possess and use firearms, the ATF is now focused on disarming those who follow the law and exercise their constitutionally protected right. ATF’s own mission statement says its duty is to protect our communities from dangers like “violent criminals” and “acts of terrorism.” Mission aborted. Suppressing the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans for political points is its new objective. This country was founded on a system of checks and balances with certain enumerated powers and limitations. Restricted power is not always convenient, but that’s what our Founders intended. This Administration views the Constitution as a suggestion and not the law of the land. It views Congress as a nuisance that gets in the way of its agenda. So, it has used almost every agency of non-elected bureaucrats to achieve a political goal by bullying through kicking, stomping and ignoring the constitutional rights of the people. The President cannot obtain his government oppression of rights through the lawful legislative process. Thus the IRS targeting conservative organizations; the FCC imposing an unprecedented system to control the Internet; HHS restricting the religious liberty of companies; the Department of Justice wiretapping reporters to silence them; the NSA snooping on millions of Americans without a warrant; and the Department of Homeland Security imposing amnesty on this nation are clear violations of the Constitution. There are many other examples and now the ATF’s proposal to ban AR-15 ammo is further proof that this Administration sees the Constitution as a mere suggestion, rather than the law of the land. The natural right to bear arms is long ingrained in the soul of the people of this nation. The Administration forgets that America’s War of Independence started when King George’s Redcoats tried—unsuccessfully—to take the firearms away from the colonists. Further the Texas War of Independence began in a similar way when the Mexican Dictator tried—unsuccessfully—to take away the guns of Texans in 1835. The guarantees of the Second Amendment are intertwined in our nation’s history, and the Constitution is the supreme law of the land whether or not it’s convenient to the Administration. And that’s just the way it is."
Welcome Home Colonel Sam Johnson February 12, 2015
Ted Poe, R-TX
"And that’s just the way it is."
Houston, Texas Recognizes Inaugural Missing Persons Day February 3, 2015
Ted Poe, R-TX
"And that’s just the way it is."
Human Trafficking Is Slavery January 27, 2015
Ted Poe, R-TX
"And that’s just the way it is."

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