Category Archives: U.S. Constitution–Bill of Rights

0235_Hillsdale College 2017 Introduction to the Constitution course (free) – taught by Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College_ links to classes _ information about Larry Arnn, and his books_blogs 0069, 0061, 0015 and 0013 about false AP US History

Donna Jack
July 21, 2017/July 22, 2017 update

My husband is taking online, the Hillsdale College class “Introduction to the Constitution.”  It is free. It is one of a number of classes Hillsdale College offers free online.

In light of the gross ignorance of the Constitution in our country — and the frightening results of that ignorance that we are seeing around us — it is important that people become aware of our Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence.  We need knowledge in order to be able to stand up to protect and preserve our nation.

For decades, our public schools have been omitting this knowledge from being available to students.  In fact, grossly false information about our country, our founding, and our freedom, continues to be taught throughout the schools.  Children and adults have for a long time been taught to hate America,not understanding the unique blessing it is on us and on the world.

At the end of this article, see four previous blogs on this site that deal with the lies in AP U.S.  History.

Dr. Larry Arnn – teaches “Introduction to the Constitution”

Dr. Larry Arnn is the teacher for the 11 lessons of an “Introduction to the Constitution” class.  He has been president of Hillsdale College since 2000.  He is the kind of person that you gladly listen to — because of his extensive knowledge, and his enthusiasm for whatever subject he speaks about.

In this series he serves as more of a moderator that  one giving a lecture.  He is working with freshmen and sophomores at Hillsdale College.  The information is a very good review, or foundation if you have little knowledge of the Constitution.

In the second class on the Constitution, a number of people take turns leading the sessions, using a lecture format.

You can access here the list and content of the 11 lessons in the
Hillsdale “Introduction to the Constitution” class …or link to each one of them below: Continue reading

0198_Part 4_HUD/AFFH _What is learned from the Westchester County NY 10-year incident_ HUD/AFFH forced excessive additional cost and imposed unwanted actions

April 19, 2017/revised June 21, 2017
Donna Jack

A Video:_AFFH in Five Minutes
For more information about HUD/AFFH, see Blogs 195, 196, and 197
or search:  “HUD/AFFH”
Decision & History_County of Westchester v. HUD – Decided September 25, 2015   (27 pages)

What is learned from Westchester County – New York’s
10-year incident? (See Blog 196)

The Federal Government can interfere with planning and zoning

The federal government can actually interfere with our planning and zoning, even if we don’t accept HUD/AFFH HOME and CDBG money aligned with the “New HUD rules.”

This is because of the 1968 Civil Rights Act,1   which is also known as the Fair Housing Act.  That law made most discrimination in housing illegal, and gave enforcement responsibility to HUD.  (Note:  “enforcement responsibility“)

The definition of “discrimination in housing” has been expanded over the decades.  We are continually at the mercy of HUD.  HUD decides how heavily they choose to control our planning and zoning.  They will insist that they are not controlling planning and zoning (which is illegal for them to do) – but they control “indirectly” through threats of loss of funding or threats of lawsuits or threats of huge fines.

As was learned in the Westchester New York HUD/AFFH case:  those in control of HUD decide how strictly to interpret the HUD rules.  Westchester was not a county that was avoiding “fair” housing.  They were being sued for non-compliance by a legal groups that was a left leaning social justice legal group.

Westchester went to HUD when they were being sued — assuming they would find an advocate there, and some relief.  Instead, they ended up losing funding, paying huge fines, and found themselves required to build additional “affordable housing”, and forced to place the housing into areas chosen by HUD.

People can argue that they were treated that way because they were not “honestly” following agreements — the attached document is evidence that they were not guilty of negligence.  I see no justification for the intrusion of HUD into the business of deciding where and what was to be built.

Agreeing to accept HOME and CDBG money
opens up more chance to be successfully sued

Because of the data required in the application for the AFFH HOME and CDBG funding, counties give updated information to HUD beyond what is known in the census data.  Even if it were the same information, it is still dangerous, because, as was told to Westchester County:  because they had signed the documents with all the information they had submitted, it was assumed they understood and agreed to all the implications of everything in the application — and therefore were guilty if they did not conform.  If they hadn’t signed the application, they could have then presented their case of defense.

Our commissioners put us in added jeopardy

When our commissioners make agreements to receive HUD/AFFH HOME and CDBG money, they give HUD much more information than the government has – much of which can be found in the census data, but other information yearly updated.  Submitting the data implies that we understand the conditions in our county, and actually condemns us if we go to court for not “affirmatively furthering fair” housing.  HUD decides what demonstrates compliance.

The content of the yearly application opens us up to more restrictions and liability — meaning there can be more effective coercion taking away from our local voices in planning and zoning.

Not only are we opened to more litigation,
but we agree to 10, 20, 30 or 40 years of oversight of facilities we “invest” HUD money into.

At  the least, our County Commissioners should not commit us to additional oversight.

Ask our County Commissioners to vote against accepting HUD/AFFH grant money.

Over 10 years ago, Westchester County New York signed up for the grant money.  Then a community activist group challenged them.  Westchester asked HUD for help, after which their serious troubles began.

To date, our commissioners have had to adjust their local plans or behaviors to some degree, to comply with past money accepted to help them  “affirmatively furthering fair housing.”  They have to continue paying for maintenance and oversight of projects to which CDBG and HOME money has contributed.

Now HUD has developed (by experimenting with other counties and cities across the country) how to take over more control of our neighborhoods, to make suburban neighborhoods “equivalent” to urban neighborhoods – to make suburbs “fair.” Continue reading

0197_Part 3_HUD/AFFH_ How to Contact our Colorado Jeffco County Commissioners – ask them NOT to accept HUD/AFFH money this month or ever again

Donna Jack
April 19, 2017

A Video:_AFFH in Five Minutes
Blogs on this site about HUD/AFFH, see Blogs 195, 196, and 198
More information about HUD/AFFH at the end of this blog.


Our County Commissioners will choose whether to accept HUD/AFFH
federal grant money.

Video explaining what HUD/AFFH has become

Contact all three of our commissioners by emailing:  http://jeffco.us/bcc/contact/
(To email them individually see later in this blog piece.)
Or leave messages for all three at:  303-271-8525
More Contact Information about our Commissioners below, near the end of this Blog.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
We have accepted two kinds of HUD/AFFH grant money in the past:
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME)

HUD can’t take away our local control but….

The federal government can’t take away our local control – but our County Commissioners can GIVE away control to the federal government by agreeing to HUD/AFFH terms in order to receive federal HUD/AFFH money.

The vote will be soon.

Before the end of this month (April 2017) our three Colorado Jefferson County, County Commissioners, will be voting whether to accept HUD/AFFH grant money  [Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment partnerships (HOME)].

Please call or email.

Please ask the Jeffco County Commissioners to vote against accepting the grant money.  If they do NOT accept the HUD/AFFH money, they retain their control as our County Commissioners — and we keep our planning and zoning decisions within our own county.

See Blogs 0195 and 0196  and 0198 for information about the disaster that HUD/AFFH has become.

The Commissioners’ job description is below –
(If they accept the grant money,
they sign over their responsibilities to the federal government)

 “The board provides leadership and vision in guiding Jefferson County government, and the commissioners are responsible for overseeing the organization and budgets of a wide variety of county programs designed to benefit citizens. Please view our organization chart.

“The commissioners hold numerous meetings and public hearings to set policies and make decisions regarding land use, transportation, open space purchases, social service concerns, community development, law enforcement, libraries, public health and many other vital issues.” Continue reading

0196_Part 2_HUD/AFFH_ Redesigning the Suburbs_ Westchester County New York–Astorio YouTube on Westchester disaster_ Stanley Kurtz’s Spreading the Wealth book_ Agency Tyranny by John Anthony _ Social Engineering in Suburbia

Donna Jack
April 10, 2017/revision April 11, 2017 1:00 a.m.

A Video:_AFFH in Five Minutes
For more information about HUD/AFFH, see Blogs 195, 197, 198
Decision & History_County of Westchester v. HUD – Decided September 25, 2015
(27 pages)

Westchester County New York is a 10-year real life example of HUD/AFFH experimenting to see how they can take the most control away from local government.  Westchester’s story demonstrates vividly, why counties should avoid taking any grant money from HUD.  The damage that has been done to Westchester is sad, and frightening.  We don’t want the damage to increase in our county.

We need to vote against accepting the grant money, so that we do not jeopardize the financial stability, and the neighborhood life styles of our county.  HUD is going after every suburb, to equalize financial and ethnic balance (social engineering).  If we do not accept grant money, we are safe.

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Spreading the Wealth – by Stanley Kurtz
Who is the driving force behind HUD?

Spreading the Wealth by Stanley Kurtz, gives a good foundation for understanding  who the people and the organizations that are the driving force behind what HUD has become —  and how AFFH is their tool to bring counties under HUD’s control (taking away not only planning and zoning decisions from the counties, but also a host of other local choices.  They are pushing regionalism (erasing the voice of individuals living in communities).

On page 39 in the sub-chapter “Shaking up Suburbia” Stanley Kurtz lists three main components of regionalism, which aim to gradually destroy the suburbs:

“1)  Redistribute suburban money to the cities (taking a disproportionate amount of suburban taxes, and giving them to the cities).
2)  Force middle-class suburbanites back to the city.
3)  Force the urban poor out into the suburbs.”  (Importing the poor and financing them in the suburbs – this is called “economic integration” on the suburbs.[1]

WESTCHESTER COUNTY NEW YORK SUED

In 2006, the county was sued for “false claims.”  They had accepted HUD grant money, but had not made a study to see if they were keeping housing opportunities away from people because of their race.  They didn’t need to make the sturdy, because they weren’t excluding people because of race.  Westchester was the fourth most integrated county in New York State in 2006, when a civil rights group, Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro New York (ADC),  decided to sue them. [2] Continue reading

0195_Part 1_HUD/AFFH: AFFH in Five-minutes_ YouTube about how you will lose your zoning, etc — HUD AFFH federal grant money – We need to break away from it now!

Donna Jack
April 8, 2017

A Video:_AFFH in Five Minutes
For more information about HUD/AFFH, see Blogs 196, 197, 198
Decision & History_County of Westchester v. HUD – Decided September 25, 2015
(27 pages)

CONTENTS

1.  County Commissioners to vote soon – we’re under “old rule” – intentions behind AFFH
2. Introduction and the Video:_AFFH in Five Minutes R2 11080_ Video Transcript   
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   1.  This blog piece is an introduction to AFFH (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing) 

Our Colorado Jefferson County county commissioners will vote before April 30th, whether to accept HUD AFFH grant money.  Become informed, and encourage them not to accept HUD/AFFH funds.

This movie and transcript deal specifically with the new rule.

Since our county set up our five-year plan last year, we aren’t under the “new” AFFH rule.  Some people think that means we don’t have to worry, but the truth is that HUD has been testing the waters since 2009, to see how much control they can take.

In 2009, they first chose to go after the county of Westchester in New York.  The litigation and efforts to comply have taken 7 years, and it looks like they may not have paid enough.  They may have to continue integrating people into their communities, and building and financing, more government subsidized high rises.  Below is a sample paragraph from an article by Mark Lungariello about the expense and grief Westchester has gone through: all because they accepted grand money from HUD through AFFH.

“The benchmark was the centerpiece of a landmark 2009 settlement with the federal government in which the county agreed to build the housing in 31 of its richest and statistically whitest communities — and take other steps to promote affordable housing in the region.” Continue reading

0176_What is the group “America’s Future”? – Judge Robert Morris was President of America’s Future when he published “Soviets in the Classroom” for Charlotte Iserbyt_See Blogs 0173-0175

Donna Jack
First published in part Jan. 30 2017/Totally rewritten and published February 10, 2017

Robert Morris first published “Soviets in the Classroom” in 1989, soon after he became  the new chairman of the board at America’s Future.  See Blogs #0173, 0174 & 0175, which talk about or mention the article “Soviets in the Classroom.”

This blog is an introduction to the organization called America’s Future, that began in 1946.

The information below about America’s Future, is taken from two locations
on their website:
http://www.americasfuture.net/
and     http://www.americasfuture.net/misc/founded.html

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“Our historical commitment and our current strategic position make the United States the central redoubt of human liberty. If we fall, the lights of liberty will be extinguished all over the world for the foreseeable future.”

Robert Morris
Self Destruct: Dismantling America’s Internal Security

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AMERICA’S FUTURE
http://www.americasfuture.net/

“The original America’s Future, Inc., established in 1946, headquartered for many years in New Rochelle, New York, and now in St. Louis, Missouri — for 57 years [has been] dedicated to the preservation of our free enterprise system and our constitutional form of government.”

[Editor dj note:  The above quote, from the front page of the America’s Future website,
was
written in 2006.] Continue reading

0143_Eight things I consider when voting_My opinion: vote NO on everything on the ballot in Jefferson County CO_Following posts explain this position_Donna Jack

[The 2016 Blue Book]
[2016 General Election TABOR notices online or on my site]
[The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) text from CO Constitution]
[The Bill of Rights in the Colorado Constitution.]
[The US Constitution Bill of Rights & Later Amendments]

Donna Jack
October 11, 2016, updated Oct. 12 and 13, revised October 19

I attempt to present rationale  [basic or underlying reasons or explanations] behind my positions, and present you with information so you can become more informed.  Then you can make your own decisions, based on the information that you have.

HOW WE VOTE TOUCHES THE LIVES OF PEOPLE ACROSS COLORADO —
IN SOME CASES, FOREVER.  OUR VOTES ARE IMPORTANT.

DON’T HURRY TO VOTE
Hand-carry your ballot if you can

Don’t cast your vote too soon — you may regret an early vote, after you learn more.  Your vote DOES matter.  The mail is not always reliable or prompt, so hand-carry your ballot to a ballot drop-off location  if you can.  If you decide to mail it, you MUST put a postage stamp (or 2) on the envelope.  It needs postage to be delivered.  Mail it several days before the deadline (don’t count weekends).

Don’t vote for laws simply because you don’t want to be inconvenienced,
or want to feel better about yourself — if it will not help us keep liberty or you don’t understand it — vote NO.
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