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Comments on the proposed Amendments to the Tennessee Constitution

These 4 proposed amendments to the Tennessee Constitution are on the ballot for the upcoming election on November 8, 2022:

In these evil times, when the wicked control governments, a prudent person is suspicious of everything they propose. I oppose all 4 of the proposed Amendments.

Constitutional Amendment #1

Question:

Shall Article XI of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new section?

It is unlawful for any person, corporation, association, or this state or its political subdivisions to deny or attempt to deny employment to any person by reason of the person’s membership in, affiliation with, resignation from, or refusal to join or affiliate with any labor union or employee organization.

Why I oppose it:

The purpose of Constitutions is to create governments and to define the powers of the government. In Constitutions, a free and prudent People don’t normally impose limitations or requirements on themselves! 1

The “hook” in the proposed amendment is “any labor union”. That may be intended to gain the support of the “right to work” crowd.

But the proposed amendment would prohibit private Citizens and small private business owners from declining to hire people because of their affiliations. If I were operating a private school, I would not hire as a Teacher anyone who was a member of a Teachers Union. These Teachers’ Unions have been instrumental in corrupting the minds and morals of our Children; but this proposed amendment would not permit a private school owner to deny them employment in their private school!

And think of what could be encompassed by “employee organization”! What if Satanists form an “employee organization”? This proposed Amendment would prohibit anyone from declining to hire a member of the Satanist “employee organization”!

Private Citizens and businesses must have the freedom to hire or not to hire as they deem best. Do not give up that Right by approving Constitutional Amendment # 1.

Constitutional Amendment # 2

Article III, Section 12, of the Tennessee Constitution presently reads:

“In case of the removal of the governor from office, or of his death, or resignation, the powers and duties of the office shall devolve on the speaker of the Senate; and in case of the death, removal from office, or resignation of the speaker of the Senate, the powers and duties of the office shall devolve on the speaker of the House of Representatives.”

This is the proposed Amendment:

Question:

Shall Article III, Section 12 of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language immediately following the current language in the Section?

Whenever the Governor transmits to the Secretary of State, the Speaker of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, a written, signed declaration that the Governor is unable to discharge the powers and duties of the office, the powers and duties of the office of Governor shall be temporarily discharged by the Speaker of the Senate as Acting Governor, or if that office is unoccupied, then by the Speaker of the House of Representatives as Acting Governor, until the Governor transmits to the same officials a written, signed declaration that the Governor is able to discharge the powers and duties of the office.

Whenever a majority of the commissioners of administrative departments of the Executive Department transmits to the Secretary of State, the Speaker of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written, signed declaration that the Governor is unable to discharge the powers and duties of the office, the Speaker of the Senate shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting Governor, or if that office is unoccupied, then the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting Governor, until the Governor transmits to the same officials a written, signed declaration that the Governor is able to discharge the powers and duties of the office.

Whenever a Speaker is temporarily discharging the powers and duties of the office of Governor as Acting Governor, such Speaker shall not be required to resign the Speaker’s position as the Speaker or to resign as a member of the general assembly and shall retain the Speaker’s salary and not receive the Governor’s salary, but such Speaker shall not preside as Speaker or vote as a member of the general assembly during the time the Speaker is Acting Governor.

and

Shall Article III, Section 13 of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language immediately before the period at the end of the Section?

except as provided in Article III, Section 12 with regard to the Speaker of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives temporarily discharging the powers and duties of the office of Governor as Acting Governor

and

Shall Article II, Section 26 of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language at the end of the Section?

This section shall not apply with regard to the Speaker of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives temporarily discharging the powers and duties of the office of Governor as Acting Governor under Article III, Section 12.

Why I oppose it:

Why do they want to change the existing language to track the provisions of Sections 3 & 4 of the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution?

Do you remember the chatter, during the Trump Administration, about invoking the 25th Amendment to oust Trump from Office? In the event Tennessee ever gets a faithful and honest Governor who obeys our Constitution [as opposed to courting the “friendship” of the government of Communist China]; would these proposed amendments to the Tennessee Constitution be used to oust the honest Governor?

Constitutional Amendment # 3

Article I, Section 33 of the Tennessee Constitution currently reads:

“That slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, are forever prohibited in this state.” 2

Question:

Shall Article I, Section 33 of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by deleting the section and substituting instead the following?

Section 33. Slavery and involuntary servitude are forever prohibited. Nothing in this section shall prohibit an inmate from working when the inmate has been duly convicted of a crime.

Why I oppose it:

Why do they want to change the existing wording? What’s their agenda? What would the Amendment allow which the existing language of Article I, Section 33 prohibits?

I was raised in the “Jim Crow” South. When I was a child, my Father told me of black men who had been arrested and put to work for private Citizens who got their Labor for free. Specifically, that some wealthy people owned large pine tree forests and these black men were put to work in the pine forests doing grueling work such as making turpentine.

It is fine for able-bodied convicted persons to be put to work on public projects, such as picking up trash on the sides of roads; but it is wicked to permit convicts to be put to work to enrich private interests. We would do well to remember that such was done to Prisoners in NAZI Germany.

Whenever existing language in a Constitution is changed, the entire body of pre-existing court Opinions construing that existing language is done away with. And Courts can start afresh with a new interpretation of the new provision. The proposed Amendment would permit Courts to say that convicts may be put to work to benefit private interests.

Constitutional Amendment # 4

Article IX, § 1 currently reads:

Section 1. Whereas ministers of the Gospel are by their profession, dedicated to God and the care of souls, and ought not to be diverted from the great duties of their functions; therefore, no minister of the Gospel, or priest of any denomination whatever, shall be eligible to a seat in either House of the Legislature.

Question:

Shall Article IX, Section 1 of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by deleting the section?

Why I oppose the Amendment:

In the early days of our Republic (and before that while we were Colonies), the States had their own “established religions” [i.e., tax-supported Churches]. It was the State Legislatures which decided what the “established religion” for their State would be. And, as in Connecticut, members of one denomination [Baptists] were forced to pay tithes to the Established Church of the State [the Congregational Church]. State Legislatures controlled by Protestants often discriminated against Roman Catholics. 3

Our own History shows the excellent reason for disqualifying clergymen from State Legislatures.

So why do they want to delete Article IX, § 1? What would the deletion permit? For starters, deletion would permit Ministers of the Church of Satan, clerics of religions antithetical to our Constitution, and such like, to be Members of the State Legislature.

Be prudent and be suspicious.

Endnotes:

1 The 13th Amendment to the US Constitution prohibited The People from owning slaves; but that Amendment was necessary because previously, the Constitution had authorized the institution of slavery; and in order to correct that defect in the Constitution, it was necessary to prohibit the People from owning slaves.

2 The current language is similar to the language of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution.

3 See The Lie of “Separation of Church and State” & the U.S. Supreme Court’s Usurpations of Power.

October 23, 2022 - Posted by | Tennessee Constitution | ,

13 Comments »

  1. Good evening, are you still with us?

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    Comment by Grog | January 18, 2023 | Reply

    • yes! I’ve been too busy fighting in various States to stop an Article V Convention to write papers.

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      Comment by Publius Huldah | January 19, 2023 | Reply

      • Well, then you have a full schedule.

        chuckling

        Good thoughts to you.

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        Comment by Grog | January 21, 2023 | Reply

        • Thank you! Keep those good thoughts coming my way!

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          Comment by Publius Huldah | January 21, 2023 | Reply

  2. Posted this on the blog of a person I know that lives in the state, he will appreciate your thoughts, he thinks as we do. And by We, I mean several Millions of people.

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    Comment by Grog | October 24, 2022 | Reply

    • Sorry for the delay in approving your comment.
      You think that millions of people believe as we do? Where are they? I want to meet them.
      We need an organizer in Tennessee – someone who can organize & motivate people and have me teach Truth to them.
      I’m not an organizer – I’m a teacher now.

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      Comment by Publius Huldah | October 28, 2022 | Reply

      • Apologies if this is a duplicate post. Here is one man on the other side of the Atlantic that has the same perspective as you and I, and everyone that comments here. The people commenting there also share a similar perspective, and my number was based on the amount of votes that Pres. Trump actually received.
        https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/10/29/neil-oliver-dont-pee-down-my-back-and-tell-me-its-raining/#more-239125

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        Comment by Grog | October 30, 2022 | Reply

        • I know of Neil Oliver – he is a fellow Scot! I love him.

          But I have a real bone to pick with “Conservative” Tree House: I wrote 3 papers trying to warn Americans of the USMCA “Trade Agreement” Trump was pushing. But Sundance REFUSED to permit people to post a link to my papers. Sundance temporarily banned someone who attempted several times to post my links to the Warnings. So I have no respect for Sundance – I believe that he is a fake “conservative” or a mindless rah – rah “Republican” – who is so stupid that he believes that there is a significant difference between the two parties. And Trump was not our Friend – every step of the way, he carried out the globalist agenda – while pretending that he was fighting it.

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          Comment by Publius Huldah | October 30, 2022 | Reply

          • I was not aware of that, obviously, that is good to know, it gives extra importance to the adage, question everything.

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            Comment by Grog | October 30, 2022

          • Here are the papers Sundance refused to allow links to remain on his website: https://publiushuldah.wordpress.com/category/usmca-trade-agreement/
            If Sundance could have found any errors in what I wrote, he should have pointed them out!
            But no one was allowed to question Trump.

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            Comment by Publius Huldah | October 30, 2022

  3. I am also highly suspicious of these four PROPOSED AMENDMENTS to the Tennessee Constitution. I will say [NO] to all four amendments on November 8, 2022 and I hope many other Tennesseeans will do the same.

    This is a rogue effort by some under-handed people in Tennessee to seriously undermine the Tennessee Constitution.

    That’s why they want to do it during the November 8, 2022 Mid-Terms when the least number of Citizens will bother to show up to vote, as compared to the much larger percentage of voters that traditionally cast their vote only in HIGH-PROFILE Presidential elections.

    Don’t be a “No Show” on November 8th. We need you to vote!

    Dr. Ellen K. Rudolph Knox County, TN

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    Comment by Dr. Ellen K Rudolph | October 23, 2022 | Reply

    • Yes! Thank you, Dr. Rudolph!

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      Comment by Publius Huldah | October 23, 2022 | Reply

  4. I love the way Jefferson put it:

    “In questions of powers, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” –Thomas Jefferson, Kentucky Resolutions, 1798.

    Let us always be wary of those who those chains should be modified just a wee bit….

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    Comment by M. Craig Elachie | October 23, 2022 | Reply


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