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April 2014



Q. Should federal judges be impeached for political bias?
A. The Congress of 1804 thought so when they impeached US Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Chase.

Q. Doesn't the US Constitution make the Supreme Court the final arbiter of constitutional issues and the power of judicial review?
A. If so, President Thomas Jefferson didn't get the memo. In an 1803 letter to Chief Justice Marshall, Jefferson said,

You seem to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men, and not more so. They have, with others, the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps.... Their power [is] the more dangerous as they are in office for life, and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots. It has more wisely made all the departments co-equal and co-sovereign within themselves.

In an 1809 letter to Spencer Roane, Thomas Jefferson affirmed that allowing the judiciary to be the final arbiter of the Constitution would render it "a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please."

Q. Is the Supreme Court supreme over the executive and legislative branches?
A. Not if they were designed to be co-equal. Consider President Andrew Jackson's comment regarding the Worcester v. Georgia case (1832), "John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it!"

Q. Shouldn't we trust the US Supreme Court to "get it right"?
A. Sometimes they get it right. Sometimes they don't. Consider the August 2012 edition of The Becker Report. I outlined multiple examples of where they either got it wrong or made policy decisions best left up to the people to decide. Additionally, keep in mind that blood continues to flow out of the Roe v. Wade (1973) decision. The voters don't always get it right either. But I trust the people to eventually get it right - not the judiciary.

Q. Doesn't the Equal Protection Clause mean that all states have to recognize marriage licenses of any other state?
A. Not according to the US Supreme Court in Pacific Employers Ins. Co. v. Industrial Accident Comm'n (1939), "The full faith and credit clause does not require a State to substitute for its own statute, applicable to persons and events within it, the conflicting statute of another State..." In other words, one state cannot override the public policy of another state.

Q. Should Federal Judge Timothy S. Black, be impeached for malfeasance and abuse of power?; for violating Article XV, Section 11 of the Ohio Constitution and the Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution?; for allowing his personal political bias to supersede jurisprudence?
Q. Should federal judges be allowed to substitute their own liberal biases over the voted decisions of the people of Ohio?
Q. Should the people of Ohio collectively yawn and allow unelected and unaccountable liberal federal judges to decide what our public policies should be?
A. You decide.

Btw, as a character reference, you might want to consider that Judge Black is a former president of Cincinnati Planned Parenthood. Enough said there.


Ohio House of Representatives
The list of bills that I've sponsored include:
HB 188 eliminates the Ohio Marriage Penalty.
HB 191 corrects the definition of a machine gun.
HB 210 prohibits law enforcement from destroying firearms and requires that they be sold to federally licensed firearms dealers (FFL).
HB 234 allows hunting with suppressors.
HB 236 allows public sector employees with concealed carry licenses to carry into government buildings.
HB 240 eliminates the February and August special elections.
HB 244 elevates the crimes of rape and child molestation to capital crimes subject to the death penalty.
HB 250 allows for two weeks of early voting concluding the Friday before the election.
HB 255 reforms Medicaid and saves taxpayers $1.5 billion per year.
HB 263 specifies that early voting days and hours shall be M-F 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
HB 266 prohibits the board of elections from sending out unsolicited materials and prohibits pre-paid postage.
HB 269 requires photo ID for voting.
HB 271 expands immunity from malpractice litigation for health care professionals providing free services to the poor and uninsured.
HB 285 eliminates double dippers.
HB 305 makes Ohio a closed primary state and allows voters to change party affiliation at any time other than 30 days prior to an election.
HJR 8 is a constitutional amendment expanding term limits to all state and local offices and setting them at 12 years with a few exceptions.
HCR 37 is a resolution for Ohio's General Assembly to ask the US Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against Federal District Judge Timothy Black
HB 340 is the Firearms Freedom Act based on the Montana law that asserts state sovereignty over intra-state commerce.
HB 351 prohibits private and public insurance companies from covering abortions. The only exception is ectopic (tubal).
HB 357 provides taxpayer relief from the sales tax on core charges such as batteries and other automobile parts
HB 372 permits water skiers and the like to utilize a rear view mirror rather than a spotter on boats and personal watercraft.
HB 396 permits all married couples, regardless of sexual orientation, to file Ohio tax returns separate without regard to how they filed their federal returns. Under the current practice of the Ohio Department of Taxation, only homosexuals are allowed this privilege. (See IT S.) And therefore, only homosexuals are currently allowed to avoid the Ohio Marriage Penalty and maximize both federal and state tax benefits. HB 396 aligns statute with current practice and solves the litigation problem based on the Equal Protection Clause.
HB 403 is a follow-up to HB 236 and allows all citizens, with concealed carry permits, to enter most public buildings.

HJR 10 is a constitutional amendment allowing for recall elections for all state and local elected officials.

HB 420 is employee parking lot carry.
HB 475 allows the courtesy of flashing headlights to warn of hazards such as police radar.

Video Central
John Becker at the Gun Range (1 minute)
Obama Carter Comparison (2+ minutes)
Liberal Taxes Explained (4 minutes)
Common Core 101 - Bring your Legislator to Class Day (33 minutes)
Ray Stevens - If 10% is Good Enough for Jesus (3 minutes)
The Fight for Freedom - Doug Simpson (<6 minutes)

Older Clips
John Becker on Fox 19 News talking about "Stand Your Ground" (HB 203) (3 minutes)
John Becker on Ch. 10 News in Columbus regarding the impeachment of Judge Black (3 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 talking about HB 244 (3 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 talking about Medicaid (2 minutes)
John Becker radio interview with Chris Long, Ohio Christian Alliance (25 minutes)

Event Calendar
May 2, 2014
Fundraiser for John Becker, Ron Hood, and Ron Maag from 6 pm to 7 pm at the Palmera Apartments Clubhouse, 6965 Palmera Dr., Mason, OH 45040. For more information, call Charles Tassell at 513-733-5775

May 2, 2014

Government Strategies Group First Friday Luncheon

May 6, 2014
Election Day

May 6, 2014
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7 pm

May 9, 2014
Senator Rick Santorum will be coming to Ohio on his book tour and will conduct a policy luncheon with the Ohio Christian Alliance at noon at the DoubleTree Akron-Fairlawn. 

May 9, 2014
Clermont Chamber Monthly Luncheon at the Eastgate Receptions at 11:30 AM

Becker for State Representative
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“ arguably the most conservative member of the Ohio House,” said The Cincinnati Enquirer (January 2014).
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