state office building

Portrait of librarians in the War Department Library of the Old Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., c. 1880′s. Attributed to Mathew Brady.

Source: National Archives and Records Administration.


Detroit: Protest against planned school closings in Michigan Black communities, February 17, 2017.

“These photographs were taken outside the state office building at Cadillac Place in the Detroit New Center area on Fri. Feb. 17, 2017 at a demonstration against the proposals to close over 40 schools in African American communities across Michigan. Many of the schools slated for closure are in Detroit, the largest municipality in Michigan. A coalition of organizations came together to host the rally. Future actions are planned to halt the further decimation of the public schools which have been subjected to state control, charterization and emergency management for most of the last 18 years.”

Photos and report by Abayomi Azikiwe

@redbloodedamerica - wondering if you’ve read this one yet?

I am learning a great deal from this book. I am astounded by how far our government has truly strayed from what was written in the original document.

So far, the biggest reveals are that the founders never wanted to print paper money, stating they were afraid it would cause excessive debt. And the fact that the government was never supposed to be involved in “The opening of rivers and canals; making or regulation of roads, except post roads; building bridges, erecting ferries; establishment of state seminaries of learning; libraries; literary, religious, trading or manufacturing societies; erecting or regulating the police of cities, towns or boroughs creating new state offices building lighthouses public wars county jails markets or other public buildings…” (Tench Coxe, 1788).

“Roads in small town USA are often improved with dollars from the general government, and Congress has created dozens of government corporations since the early days of the progressive era in the 1900s. According to the constitution as ratified, all of this is unconstitutional.” (p62)

The part that explains the meaning of the “General Welfare Clause” is quite remarkable: “Defense, stability, and Liberty; that is what the founding generation considered the "general welfare…” (p49);

“All other matters, civil and criminal, would be much better in the hands of the states.” (Roger Sherman, 1787)