Letter to The Editor as featured in the Terre Haute Tribune Star 26 March 2010

Americans have lost more freedom on Sunday, March 21, the United States House of Representatives passed another unconstitutional bill taking away more of your freedoms and individual liberties. They did this without any authority given in the U.S. Constitution. They boast that they are given this power under the commerce clause when in fact they are in direct violation of the 10th Amendment usurping power from the states and the people and giving it to an ever-increasing totalitarian federal government.I stress this point to my fellow citizens. Today, we lost freedom. I only hope that the media will pick this up so as to wake up sleeping patriots and statesmen who will join me in shouting with one united voice, “Washington, we are coming and we are taking our country back, and it starts in November 2010.”— John Cunningham Libertarian Candidate Indiana’s 8th District…

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Service Training Education and Awards

Education
Associates Degree in Christian Ministry.

Military Service and Education
Honorable Discharge from the Indiana Army National Guard 2009
Honorable Discharge from the United States Army 2002
Honorable Discharge from the Indiana Army National Guard 1994

Military Education

United States Army Chemical School Graduate 28 August 1991

Military Awards

Army Service Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal awarded twice
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal awarded twice
Global War on terrorism service medal
Armed Forces reserve medal
Indiana Military Volunteer Emblem

Special TrainingUS Joint Forces Command Certifications.

1. Anti-Terrorism Certified
2. Homeland Security and Defense Certified
3. Defense against Terrorism Certified
4. Crowd and Riot control Certified

Washington State Homeland Security Institute courses.
1.WMD Awareness Course
2.Intro to Hazardous Materials Response
3.Technical Rescue Awareness

FEMA Courses
1.Developing and Managing Volunteers
2.Leadership and Influence
3.ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
4.Intro to the Incident Command System
5.National Incident Management System
6.National Response Plan an Introduction

Texas Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M University System)course
Emergency Management for the first Responder in Terrorism and Disaster

New Mexico Tech courseUnderstanding & Planning for School Bomb Incidents

National Enforcement Training Institute (United States Environmental Protection Agency)…

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Where I stand on the Issues

John Cunningham on the Is Indiana’s 8th Congressional District and our Nation.


 
Family and Freedom:  Vibrant and healthy families are essential to securing limited government interference in a free society. Actions which empower families should be encouraged.

Marriage: It is my beleif and Opinion that Marriage is a Sacred Covenant between God and the Married Couple. I beleive that Marriage should be defined as One Man and One Woman. I do not Support Gay Marriage and would support a Constitutional Amendment to the Indiana State Constitution (but not the US Constitution) to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.(Any Questions on why I would not support an amendment to the Federal Constitution can be addressed by [email protected])

Abortion: I beleive life starts at conception and therefor that Abortion is in fact murder of an unborn child. I would support legislation that would outlaw Abortion.

The Constitution:  The U.S. Constitution is the finest charter of government yet created for the purpose of limiting government and protecting our natural rights, and freedoms.

National Sovereignty:  America’s Founders fought hard for independence. Americans today should be similarly vigilant and should work to ensure that the nation’s independence not be sacrificed.
 
War & Foreign Policy:  America should not seek abroad for monsters to destroy. Instead, the nation should ensure the common defense, seek trade with all, and avoid entangling alliances.

Immigration: There should be no amnesty given for those who choose to cross our borders illegally.We should take all neccessary measure to encourage voluntary deportation and must enforce all Immigration laws to include involuntary deportation.We must also hold employers responsible for hiring illegal immigrants.I support E-Verify

Illegal Drugs: I have not now nor have I ever advocated the use of or legalization of street drugs.

Inflation, Taxes, Economy:  Low taxes and sound money, rather than high taxes and inflation, are the key to a robust economy.  Less debt and less creation of money out of thin air are the solutions to our economic problems. I support a Congressional Audit of the Federal Reserve to make them accountable to the people I believe after the Audit we should Abolish The Fed and return to the Gold Standard.

Privacy and Internet Freedom:  Americans, as clearly stated in our Constitution, should be secure in their papers and effects. As true in the real world of day to day life, it is equally important in the virtual world online.

Health Care:  The quality of health care available in the United States is the envy of the world. Promoting a competitive free enterprise system of health care ensures that we continue to get the best care.

Education:  Diversity in educational choices is essential in a free society.  Education provided for in an open marketplace of ideas is superior to any standardized system imposed by government.

Environmental Stewardship:  Americans seek to be good stewards of the environment.  The best way to achieve that goal is through respect for property rights and through individual action in local communities.

Energy:  Abundant affordable energy is the life blood of economic progress and prosperity, and energy independence is the key to national economic success in America.

Right to Bear Arms:  Every person has the right to self defense, whether against hunger, crime or tyranny. To that end, the Founders declared that the right to bear arms may not be infringed.…

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Quotes on Liberty

I know not what course others may take;but as for me,give me liberty, or give me death.

Give Me Liberty Quote Give Me Liberty Quotes Quotesgram – Daily Quotes Of the Life

Patrick Henry

Liberty can not be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.
John Adams

Once we roared like lions for liberty; now we bleat like sheep for security! The solution for America’s problem is not in terms of big government,but it is in big men over whom nobody stands in control but God.
Norman Vincent Peale

They who give up essential liberty to obtain a little safety deserve neither liberty nor saftey
Benjamin Franklin

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The Bill of Rights

The Preamble to the Bill of Rights
Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of march one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.


THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.
ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.
Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the “Bill of Rights.”

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

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.…

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