South Carolina to vote on two State Constitution Amendments

You are a criminal. Yes, I am talking to you.




Well, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 the citizens of South Carolina have the opportunity to change the "no lottery law" into a law that will allow charitable organizations permission to sponsor lotteries.



If you are in South Carolina and have ever supported the Boy/Girl Scouts, your church, your community charitable organizations, the Lion's Club, Rotary Club, or any other nonprofit organization that uses lottery funds to help your community you have broken the law.

I am guilty of multiple offenses. Over the span of fifteen years I have probably broke the law at least fifteen times. Although they say ignorance of the law is no excuse, up to about four years ago I did not realize I was a criminal.

I bet most of you did not know you were fellow partners in crime. Likewise, most of the groups and organizations who sponsored a lottery were ignorant of the law.

However, currently there is only one organization who can legally conduct a lottery; yep, the State of South Carolina. I am so proud that a group of solid, honest, ethical and dependable elected officials (aka politicians) are in control of a fundraiser that the church and charitable organizations can not do because they may be dishonest.

Am I the only one who sees a little irony in this scenario?




Ballot Title: Amendment 1

The official ballot text reads as follows:

"

Must Section 7, Article XVII of the Constitution of this State be amended so as to provide that a raffle is not a lottery prohibited by this section, if the raffle is conducted by a nonprofit organization for charitable, religious, fraternal, educational, or other eleemosynary purposes, and the general law defines the type of organization authorized to operate and conduct the raffles, provides standards for the operation and conduct of the raffles, provides for the use of proceeds for charitable, religious, fraternal, educational, or other eleemosynary purposes, provides penalties for violations, and provides for other laws necessary to ensure the proper functioning, honesty, and integrity of the raffles, but in the absence of any general law, then the raffle remains a prohibited lottery?"


Yes [ ]

No [ ]


Constitutional changes

The proposed amendment would amend Section 7 of Article XVII of the Constitution of South Carolina:

Section 7. Only the State may conduct lotteries, and these lotteries must be conducted in the manner that the General Assembly provides by law. The revenue derived from the lotteries must first be used to pay all operating expenses and prizes for the lotteries. The remaining lottery revenues must be credited to a separate fund in the state treasury styled the 'Education Lottery Account', and the earnings on this account must be credited to it. Education Lottery Account proceeds may be used only for education purposes as the General Assembly provides by law.

The game of bingo, when conducted by charitable, religious, or fraternal organizations exempt from federal income taxation or when conducted at recognized annual state and county fairs, is not considered a lottery prohibited by this section.

A raffle, if provided for by general law and conducted by a nonprofit organization for charitable, religious, fraternal, educational, or other eleemosynary purposes is not a lottery prohibited by this section. The general law must define the type of nonprofit organization authorized to operate and conduct a raffle, provide standards for the operation and conduct of raffles, provide for the use of proceeds for religious, charitable, fraternal, educational, or other eleemosynary purposes, provide penalties for violations, and provide for other laws necessary to ensure the proper functioning, honesty, and integrity of the raffles. If no general law on the conduct and operation of a nonprofit raffle for charitable purposes, including the type of organization allowed to conduct raffles, is enacted, then the raffle is a lottery prohibited by this section.


I will be voting "YES" in support of the new Amendment. I do so for several reasons:


1. The organizations that are truly "charitable" contribute a great deal to so many good causes.

2. How many times have you heard, "My tax dollars should not be used to do.....?

3. "Charity begins at home." It is up to the individual to decide which charity they wish to support and how much support to give.

4. Raffles is just about as easy as it gets for charitable organizations to develop and run.

5. They are fun! What is there not to like about giving a donation to a charitable organization with a chance of winning a prize? I will tell you some of the people selling raffle tickets do not tell the truth. I always say "I will by a ticket if you guarantee I will win. More often than not I get an answer back "Ok." or "Sure, you can count on it." I really think they were joking.

It is as simple as that.






Ballot Title: Amendment 2

This amendment, upon voter approval, would provide for the appointment of the South Carolina Adjutant General by the South Carolina Governor, upon consent from the state senate. The South Carolina General Assembly would provide by law for the qualifications for office, the office’s term, duties and compensation, the procedures for appointment and the procedures for removal from office. The measure would also classify the adjutant general as a “major general,” rather than the current “brigadier general.”

The South Carolina Adjutant General serves as head of the Military Department of the state, and is in charge of the South Carolina Army and Air National Guard, Emergency Management Division, the State Guard, Youth Challenge and AmeriCorps. Currently, South

Carolinians elect the Adjutant General. South Carolina is the only state to elect someone to that office. The State Legislature in another State appoints it's Adjutant General. The Governor of the other States and territories having an Adjutant General appoints the General.






The official ballot text reads as follows:

The proposed amendment would amend Section 7 of Article VI and Section 4 of Article XIII of the Constitution of South Carolina:

“Must Section 7, Article VI of the Constitution of this State relating to state constitutional officers and Section 4, Article XIII relating to the Adjutant General and his staff officers be amended so as to update references to his title; to provide that the position of Adjutant General is recognized as holding the rank of Major General, as opposed to Brigadier General; to provide that upon the expiration of the term of the Adjutant General serving in office on the date of the ratification of this provision, the Adjutant General must be appointed by the Governor, upon the advice and consent of the Senate; to provide that the appointed Adjutant General serve for a term not coterminous with the Governor and may be removed only for cause; and to require the General Assembly to provide by law for the term, duties, compensation, and qualifications for office, the procedures by which the appointment is made, and the procedures by which the Adjutant General may be removed from office?"

Yes [ ]

No [ ]


Constitutional changes:

[Article VI] Section 7. There shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State a Secretary of State, an Attorney General, a Treasurer, a Superintendent of Education, Comptroller General, Commissioner of Agriculture, and an Adjutant General who shall hold their respective offices for a term of four years, coterminous with that of the Governor. The duties and compensation of such offices shall be prescribed by law and their compensation shall be neither increased nor diminished during the period for which they shall have been elected

Beginning upon the expiration of the term of the Adjutant General serving in office on the date of the ratification of the provisions of this paragraph, the Adjutant General must be appointed by the Governor, upon the advice and consent of the Senate. The appointed Adjutant General shall serve for a term not coterminous with the Governor and may be removed only for cause. The General Assembly shall provide by law for the term, duties, compensation, and qualifications for office, the procedures by which the appointment is made, and the procedures by which the Adjutant General may be removed from office.

[Article XIII] Section 4. There shall must be an Adjutant and Inspector Generalelected by the qualified electors of the State at the same time and in the same manner as other state officers, who shall rank as Brigadier. The position of Adjutant General is recognized as holding the rank of Major General, and whose the Adjutant General's duties and compensation shall must be prescribed by law. The Governorshall, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint such otherstaff officers as the General Assembly may direct.

Beginning upon the expiration of the term of the Adjutant General serving in office on the date of the ratification of the provisions of this paragraph, the Adjutant General must be appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, in the manner provided in Section 7, Article VI.


I will be voting "YES" in favor of having the State Adjutant General being appointed by the Governor.


To me this is a "no brain er". Here's why:

1) Military officers should never be elected. They gain their positions through a career of training, formal military educational classes, earning the respect of their peers and those men/women who serve under them.

2) As military officers climb in rank they are more and more vetted by those above them.

3) Military officers be seen as trustworthy, knowledgeable, patriotic putting country and men/women below them before themselves.

4) Using an election to select an Adjutant General is insane. Any citizen of this country has the right to seek an election regardless of his/her experience. training or knowledge of the position. You do not what "just anybody" leading the State of Carolina's military forces.

5) The post of Adjutant General should not be a political position. Yes, politics is involved in everything; however, how well has politicians been doing their jobs and protecting this State and the United States?

6) Military men/women must trust and respect their leader. Without that trust and respect they will never perform their best and go "up and beyond" the call of duty.


I encourage all eligible voters in South Carolina to get out and vote; not only for these two
Amendments, but for the most qualified and honorable candidates for all offices.



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Ferguson, Missouri…a town of losers

Every time a so called “protest in honor of John Doe” or “protest for justice” takes place nothing is gained by anyone and there is no resolution to the initial problem.

Well, that is not exactly true. There are a few winners.

The winners are the goons, idiots and criminals that take advantage of an incident to ravage their own neighborhoods and businesses. Some win by taking all the bottles of wine they can carry once they breakdown the door or throw something thru the plate-glass windows. Others may take food, cigarettes, beer or drugs. 



Others share in the glory of the event by throwing Molotov cocktails (bottles full of flammable material such as gasoline with rags stuck in as a fuse) thru automobile, store and occasional home windows. 

 The super winners get bonus points if they burn a police car.

The super-duper winners get electronics such as computers, expensive earphones or a 55”-80” Super HD TV.

Other winners included the mainstream media and cable networks. For weeks following events such as those in Ferguson, every media outlet will be giving the latest up to the minute "news" on the situation.



The truth is more gruesome.

There are many more losers than winners in events like Ferguson. What happens to the small businesspersons who lose their shops and inventory, their livelihood?  What happens when the business owner's home is a loft above the store? What happens when an innocent bystander is injured or killed?


Every person in the neighborhood and city loses in these events. Homes are lost, injuries are suffered, businesses supporting the neighborhoods suffer loses and the citizens lose items they need for everyday living.

Public officials (including the police force and fire departments) lose the respect and trust of the citizenry.

Truth and justice are very seldom experienced during or after these events. The previous mentioned goons, idiots and criminals are never apprehended and punished. Information from the authorities is whitewashed and/or delayed. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is never heard.

Perhaps the biggest loser is America’s struggle to improve our racial divisions. 

Events like Ferguson, Trevon Martin, Amadou Diallo, Manuel Loggins Jr,   Sean Bell,  Ramarley Graham,  Eric Garner and others remind America and the rest of the world that we are not perfect. 

Events like these remind us all that we still have a long way to go in providing “Truth and Justice for all"…, including all of the losers in Ferguson.


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(Not all photos are from Ferguson. Stock photos used fro demontration only)