Below are explanations for the state-wide amendments that everyone will see on their ballot. Local amendments are not included but sample ballots can be found here by county. These recommendations are not “official”. They are formed by consensus of our legislative team and we are comfortable sharing them with you. We hope they are helpful. The italicized words are what you will see on the ballot. Our comments are in red.
Amendment 1: YES Amendment 2: NO Amendment 3: YES
Amendment 4: NO Amendment 5: YES Amendment 6: YES
AMENDMENT 1: YES
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to amend Article VIII of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 177 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, to provide that only a citizen of the United States has the right to vote.
Explanation: Only citizens of the U.S. can vote in Alabama. This amendment needs no extra explanation and should already be in the Constitution. We recommend a “yes” vote.
AMENDMENT 2: NO
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to increase the membership of the Judicial Inquiry Commission and further provide for the appointment of the additional members; further provide for the membership of the Court of the Judiciary and further provide for the appointment of the additional members; further provide for the process of disqualifying an active judge; repeal provisions providing for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justices and appellate judges and the removal for cause of the judges of the district and circuit courts, judges of the probate courts, and judges of certain other courts by the Supreme Court; delete the authority of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to appoint an Administrative Director Courts; provide the Supreme Court of Alabama with authority to appoint an Administrative Director of Courts; require the Legislature to establish procedures for the appointment of the Administrative Director of Courts; delete the requirement that a district court hold court in each incorporated municipality with a population of 1,000 or more where there is no municipal court; provide that the procedure for the filling of vacancies in the office of a judge may be changed by local constitutional amendment ; delete certain language relating to the position of constable holding more than one state office; delete a provision providing for the temporary maintenance of the prior judicial system; repeal the office of circuit solicitor; and make certain nonsubstantive stylistic changes.
This act creates a process to fill vacancies in the position of Administrative Director of Courts. This amendment proposes six changes to the state’s judicial system. In summary, this amendment:
- Provides that county district courts do not have to hold city court in a city with a population of less than 1,000; (The district courts have jurisdiction over all matters related to municipal ordinance in cities with a population of less than 1000 that has no municipal court. This change just says that the judge no longer hears such cases within the city, but will hear them in the regular district court in the county seat.)
- Allows the Alabama Supreme Court, rather than the Chief Justice, to appoint the Administrative Director of Courts; (The Constitution says that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has responsibility for administering all matters related to the operation of the courts and will appoint the Administrative Director of Courts to assist him or her. This amendment would give this appointment to the full Supreme Court. The Chief Justice needs someone who will support and work with him or her. This amendment could create disharmony on the court if the Administrator is responsible to the Chief Justice, but whose job depends on the entire court.)
- Increases from 9 to 11 the total membership of the Judicial Inquiry Commission and determines who appoints each member (the Judicial Inquiry Commission evaluates ethics complaints filed against judges); We can’t find a reason for this change in the legislation that passed this amendment.
- Allows the Governor, rather than the Lieutenant Governor, to appoint a member of the Court of the Judiciary. The Court of the Judiciary hears complaints filed by the Judicial Inquiry Commission.
- Prevents a judge from being automatically disqualified from holding office simply because a complaint was filed with the Judiciary Inquiry Commission; and
- Provides that a judge can be removed from office only by the Court of the Judiciary. (Innocent until proven guilty)
FINAL ANALYSIS: This amendment has some good points that we like but number two is bothersome. Since this is an all points or nothing vote, we recommend a “no” vote. There should not be this many different issues in one amendment.
AMENDMENT 3: YES
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide that a judge, other than a judge of probate, appointed to fill a vacancy would serve an initial term until the first Monday after the second Tuesday in January following the next general election after the judge has completed two years in office.
This amendment changes the initial term of a judge that is appointed to fill a vacancy. It does not apply to probate judges. Under current law, the initial term of office for a person appointed to fill a vacancy in a judgeship shall last until the end of the term remaining in the judgeship in question if the appointed judge has completed one year in office or until the remainder of the original term of office, whichever is longer. Under this scenario the time an appointed judge could serve without an election would vary depending on the length of time remaining in the initial six-year term of office. Under this amendment, if an appointed judge has served in the appointed position for 2 years, the judgeship shall be filled by election in the next General Election. This would mean the appointed judge eliminates the option to serve until the end of the original term, but extends the time he or she could serve until having to stand for election. We recommend a “yes” vote.
AMENDMENT 4: NO
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to authorize the Legislature to recompile the Alabama Constitution and submit it during the 2022 Regular Session, and provide a process for its ratification by the.) voters of this state.
Alabama’s constitution can be changed only during a constitutional convention or when a majority of voters approve a constitutional amendment. If a majority of voters vote “yes” on Amendment 4, the Alabama Legislature, when it meets in 2022, would be allowed to draft a rearranged version of the state constitution. This draft could only:
- remove racist language,
- remove language that is repeated or no longer applies,
- combine language related to economic development, and
- combine language that relates to the same county. No other changes could be made. Even if passed by the Alabama Legislature, this rearranged version would not become law until it was approved by a majority of voters.
The Alabama Constitution is long for a reason. Much of the additions to it are local laws. However, in light of more discussion and a closer look at the enabling legislation we have changed our recommendation to a “NO” vote. We continue to support Article by Article revisions to our Constitution. If this amendment does pass it still will require one more vote of the people before becoming law so we are not too worried about it at this time.
AMENDMENT 5: YES
Relating to Franklin County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide that a person is not liable for using deadly physical force in self-defense or in the defense of another person on the premises of a church under certain conditions.
Alabama’s “Stand Your Ground” law allows a person to legally use physical force against another person under certain conditions. The law does not require the person to retreat before using physical force. If the amendment passes statewide and also within Franklin County it will add churches in Franklin County to be covered by the Stand Your Ground law. Since this would only take effect if the voters of Franklin County approve it, we recommend a “YES” vote.
AMENDMENT 6: YES
Relating to Lauderdale County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide that a person is not liable for using deadly physical force in self-defense or in the defense of another person on the premises of a church under certain conditions.
Alabama’s “Stand Your Ground” law allows a person to legally use physical force against another person under certain conditions. The law does not require the person to retreat before using physical force. If the amendment passes statewide and also within Lauderdale County it will add churches in Lauderdale County to be covered by the Stand Your Ground law. Since this would only take effect if the voters of Lauderdale County approve it, we recommend a “YES” vote.
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 1st at 6:30PM (CT)
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DETAILS: This Zoom “Town Hall” is interactive! Rep. Palmer will discuss the recently passed continuing resolution, legislation regarding states’ COVID spending, the dangers of “vote by mail”, and more. Participants will have the ability to ask questions.
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Today, September 17, in 1787, the United States Constitution was signed. As Delegate Ben Franklin exited Independence Hall, he was famously asked, “What have you given us, Sir?” His reply, “A Republic, Madam, if you can keep it,” rings especially true today. We Americans need a refresher course on the Constitutional principles which have enabled us over the years and still today to build the “more perfect union” for which we together strive.
The “We the People” presentation linked here was originally written and narrated by Phyllis Schlafly in 1987 in honor of the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. It was approved by the Commission on the Bicentennial on which Phyllis served and it was shown in slide format by Eagle Forum volunteers from coast to coast to Americans of all occupations, ages, races and creeds. The video footage and pictures have been updated for online viewing, but the narration is the Phyllis Schlafly original. Its truths are timeless and critical. It focuses on these aspects of our Constitution:
- Why the Constitution is the fountainhead of our great religious, political and economic liberties
- How the Constitution developed from the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation
- Who were the writers and what ideas they brought to Philadelphia the hot summer of 1787
- What are the basic principles, such as sovereignty of “We the People” and separation of powers
- How the executive, legislative and judicial branches are separate yet function together
- How our constitutional government differs from the parliamentary system
- How our Constitution laid the foundation for our free and prosperous economy
- Why its composition was said to be divinely inspired and its adoption, a miracle
- How the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution to guarantee our individual freedoms of religion, speech, press and property
- … And Much More!
Be encouraged with us that “our Constitution is still standing proud”! Let’s keep it that way.
Each of us must act now to preserve and protect the American dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for every citizen. What will you do?
Pray for those in authority as well as for those who do not understand American exceptionalism and seek to destroy it. Pray for a return to God in accord with I Chron. 7:14. “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.”
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Date: September 26
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Starting Location: Lincoln Memorial
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#2 Free Enterprise by, Rev. John Killian
The free enterprise system is so identified with the heritage of our country, that economic success is spoken of as, “living the American dream.” The description is not without merit, as the founding of civilized life and the establishment of American independence on this Continent was certainly the catalyst for innovation and invention, not just in the Western Hemisphere but across the globe. We have no need to wonder why the entire world looks at our country as the economic engine that scatters wealth across the globe.
Why is the economic system of the United States so powerful? Why does the world see our country as the source of so much wealth and promise? Other continents certainly compare with sheer workforce and natural resources. What distinguishes American prosperity from that of other countries?
Our country was founded upon principles of liberty and property. The right of the individual to private property was respected. On what grounds did the American colonies declare independence? Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, wrote in the Declaration concerning King George, “He has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance”. Our Founders resisted the idea of a large, controlling bureaucracy that hindered commerce.
As mentioned, Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson’s dream for an American economy is stated, “Agriculture, manufactures, commerce, and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.”
James Madison was the leading influence in the crafting of the United States Constitution. Madison expressed his views on private enterprise, “The enviable condition of the people of the United States is often too much ascribed to the physical advantages of their soil & climate …. But a just estimate of the happiness of our country will never overlook what belongs to the fertile activity of a free people and the benign influence of a responsible government.
At the zenith of US-Soviet relations in 1942, a Gallup Poll showed that twenty-five percent of Americans favored a socialistic economy. In 2019, Gallup found forty-two percent of Americans now prefer a socialistic economy. Obviously, the barrage of advocacy for socialism in our educational institutions, among the media, and in the arts have filtered down to the average citizenry. As Constitutionalists, we must seize the day to inform a new generation of the superiority of the free enterprise system and the benefits of free enterprise to our land.
#1 Why We Have a Republic, Not a Democracy, by Rev. John Killian
When Benjamin Franklin left the meeting of the Constitutional Convention, he was asked “what have you given us?”. Franklin wisely answered “ a Republic, if you can keep it.” In our pledge of allegiance, we pledge to the flag of the United States and “to the Republic for which it stands.”
Why quibble over terminology? Is this just the same principle with different titles? Why is this important?
Consider these quotes from our founders: John Adams, Second President of these United States said in 1814, “Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide” James Madison, primary author of the US Constitution said in Federalist Paper 10, “Measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.”
Edmund Randolph said, “that in tracing these evils to their origin, every man had found it in the turbulence and follies of democracy.” Then-Chief Justice John Marshall observed “Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is between order and chaos.”
What about our enemies? Vladmir Lenin said “Democracy is indispensable to socialism.” Karl Marx, father of Communism, went farther and said, “Democracy is the road to Socialism.”
Let’s break down the words. The word Democracy comes from two Greek words: Demos which means the people and cracy which means to rule. Thus, democracy is the rule of the people.
What could be wrong with that? Let us consider the word Republic. Republic comes from a Latin phrase res publica which describes a government not ruled by private concerns, thus, without a monarch. Thus, the ownership of the government is a public matter.
The French definition of Republic is “state in which supreme power rests in the people via elected representatives”. Our system is a Constitutional Republic, where our people rule within the confines or guidelines of a stated document that prescribes the limits of government.
James Bovard opined, “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.” What are the differences between a Republic and a Democracy?
- A Democracy means that the people rule. The masses can mandate policy. But in a Republic, the people can mandate policy, only up to the limit of the rights of an individual. In a Democracy, the majority can determine to take away your rights, your life or property. In a Republic, you live with the right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
- A Democracy means that rule comes by the all-powerful majority. In a Republic, the majority cannot cross the boundary of personal rights. A Republic has a written constitution of basic rights that protect the minority from being completely unrepresented or overridden by the majority.
- A Democracy has free elections. But a Republic has free elections governed by a Constitution and set within boundaries so that individuals are represented.
- In a Democracy, religious freedom is determined by the will of the majority. A majority can limit the freedom of a minority. In a Constitutional Republic, the rights of the people to worship freely or to abstain from worship is guaranteed.
- Issues of free choice and decisions of private property are set by the population in a democracy. In a Republic, these decisions are set by the individuals, with limits set by the Constitution.
- In a democracy, minority rights are overridden by the majority. Conversely, Republic system protects the rights of minority groups or an individual.
- In a democracy, the rule of majority people prevails whereas in the case of the republic the rule of law prevails.
With few exceptions, Democrat local and state officials have refused to enforce the law in their jurisdictions to stop riots. Now we have seen direct attacks on our nation’s capitol. As Eagle Forum Insights Editor Pat Daugherty writes:
One would think the hourly images of personal loss and property destruction across the United States the past few weeks would have rallied conservative leaders to rise in opposition to the anarchy. One would be wrong, however, because there has been next to nothing but silence — or an occasional platitude. David Marcus calls for an acknowledgment of the societal threat and an end to the cowardice of our leaders. Let’s hope it’s not too late.” The Marcus article, Conservative Cowards Are to Blame for Falling Statues, concludes “…your silence is complicity with mobs that would destroy not just statues but the very foundations of our liberty…. There really are only two sides: one that seeks to burn everything down, and one that seeks to save the greatest nation the world has ever known. Pick one. Now.”
For more on the driving force behind that mob, here is Dr. Al Mohler’s podcast on the roots of the Marxist BLM, “Affirm the Sentence, not the Movement.”
We are all born sinful and in need of a Savior. We know humanity is just as flawed today as the historical figures being destroyed with impunity. It is their accomplishments in the brief time they lived that we celebrate and should learn from. It is important to memorialize these giants in history so future generations can see and understand the progress America has made. Now is the time for men and women of goodwill to work together to form “a more perfect union” for all our citizens!
“A society that believes in itself builds monuments, a sick society does not, and a dying society watches as they are torn down.” Because Eagle Forum believes in America, we will launch in July an updated edition of the Eagle Forum Bicentennial production on the Constitution of the United States of America.
Meanwhile, these riots are taking the lives and property of now scores upon scores of innocent civilians and are injuring and sometimes killing hundreds of innocent police officers.
Please contact every Alabama Congressional office now and the Governor and ask them to speak out for law and order and in support of the America whose Constitution they swore to uphold against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Here is a link to the Law and Order letter which Congress and the Governors received from a coalition which Eagle Forum joined, but they need to hear directly from us, their constituents.
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Eunie Smith, President of Eagle Forum of Alabama and Executive Director, Becky Gerritson were honored to have signed this letter with Ed Meese, many black conservatives, former Members of Congress and others to President Trump, the Congress, Governors and the Cabinet today. Too few seem to refocus on the value of rule of law for the turbulence, violence and chaos the radical left is fomenting in America right now. The letter was delivered to President Trump on 6.15.20. (Click link at the top.)
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5 Things You Need to Know About Pelosi’s Bill
House Speaker Pelosi has continuously postponed the House’s return to session, only to release an 1,800 page, $3 trillion, entirely partisan bill crafted in secret — then demand a vote on it the very same week. It passed along mostly partisan lines. It must be totally rejected by the Senate because of its size and substance. This added $3 trillion dollars, the most expensive bill ever to pass Congress, would put federal spending at 52% of the Gross Domestic Product, which is unsustainable for any nation. In substance, Speaker Pelosi’s new bill contains wildly irresponsible provisions having nothing to do with coronavirus response. Reading her wish list is instructive.
Speaker Pelosi is using her bill to try and push a wish list of dangerous policies and unrelated spending that has nothing to do with coronavirus response.
- It would prevent the government from informing the public about lower cost coverage options like association health plans or short-term limited duration plans.
- American families need to know about all their healthcare options now more than ever. Democrats think Washington knows best and want to limit families’ choices.
- FROM PROPUBLICA: “There is bipartisan consensus that mail-in ballots are the form of voting most vulnerable to fraud. A 2005 commission led by President Jimmy Carter and James A. Baker III — George W. Bush’s secretary of state — concluded that these ballots ‘remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.’”
- Making matters worse, their bill would even prohibit states from trying to combat voter fraud by requiring a form of ID to obtain an absentee ballot.
- House Democrats want to provide work authorization for illegal aliens they claim are in “critical infrastructure” jobs.
- Pelosi’s bill would enable illegal aliens to receive direct stimulus payments funded by American taxpayers, as the bill does not require social security number verification.
- House Democrats’ bill provides a bail out for failing union-run multiemployer pension plans.
- While they have politicized this crisis to attack the President every step of the way, House Democrats clearly have no intention of holding China accountable.
More info from Congressman Scalise’s office:
Democrats have continuously postponed the House’s return to session, only to release a 1,800 page, $3 trillion, entirely partisan bill crafted in secret — then demand a vote on it the very same week. Speaker Pelosi’s new bill contains wildly irresponsible provisions and is so partisan it cannot be signed into law and will not help a single American family. It would be the most expensive bill to ever pass the House of Representatives.
- $915 billion to bail out state, local, and tribal governments
- $25 billion bailout for the Postal Service
- $10 million for National Endowment for the Arts
- $10 million for National Endowment for the Humanities
- Provides “deferred action” and work authorization during the emergency declaration and for 90 days after for illegal aliens working in jobs that could be held by out-of-work Americans.
- Allows illegal immigrants to receive direct stimulus payments because the bill does not require social security number verification.
- Uses taxpayer dollars to bail out failing union-run multiemployer pension plans.
- Extends $600/week UI supplement through Jan. 31, 2021, plus a transition to allow the supplement to continue through March 31, 2021 for those who have not exhausted their benefits, meaning businesses will be competing with unemployment benefits for workers through spring of 2021.
- Provides a tax break for millionaires and billionaires by repealing SALT limitations for 2020 and 2021.
- Mandates a blanket release for certain covered federal prisoners and alleged criminals, while imposing a high burden for the government to prove they present a risk of harm to society upon release.
- Imposes a one-size-fits-all OSHA rule on all employers, which is counterproductive given the ever-changing circumstances created by COVID-19.
- Provides $10,000 of blanket student loan forgiveness for all public and private loans.
- Radically expands Phase 2 paid leave employer mandates by extending the mandates for an extra year, applying them to all employers, including small businesses, allowing more categories of leave to be compensated, and subjecting small businesses to lawsuits for alleged violations.
- Federalizes elections by including stringent mandates on how states must run elections, including early voting, no ID requirement for in-person voting, same-day registration, and no-excuse vote by mail in addition to providing absentee ballots to all registered voters without restrictions on ballot harvesting.
- Expands Obamacare through a new Special Enrollment period, which has already been rejected by the White House.
- Provides a 100 percent subsidy to cover an individual’s premium costs for COBRA continuation coverage or a furloughed worker’s employer-sponsored coverage premium costs without Hyde protections to ensure that no federal funds are used to provide abortion services.
- Virtually rewrites SNAP policy with no reference to COVID-19 and permanently disallows rulemaking pertaining to work requirements and eligibility.
- Increases the minimum SNAP benefit from $16 to $30, permanently
- Waives all work requirements from June 1 until the date two years after enactment
- Permanently rescinds the Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents, Broad Based Categorical Eligibility, and Standard Utility Allowance rules
- Ensures the additional $600 in UI income is not counted toward SNAP eligibility determinations
Call your Governor on Tuesday, May 19th, as part of a nationwide call to action to express one of the following messages:
If your Governor has begun reopening the state, call to say thank you!
If your Governor is maintaining the lockdowns, call to say it’s time to reopen!