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  • How did the “Progressives” Empower Themselves at our Expense for Over 140 Years?

    06/28/2014 10:13:14 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 30 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/28/14 | Jerry Todd
    A three-legged stool can always stand without wobbling – a solid foundation for good or evil. Addressing the 14th, 16th and 17th Amendments. The Articles (7) and their clauses, the Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10) are original to the Founders, Framers, and Ratifiers. The 11th and 12th Amendments serve to States’ protection. The 13th freed the slaves. The 14th Amendment – This was the first of three Amendments that created the “progressive” three legged stool. The 14th was a mandatory ratification, a required condition before states were allowed reunification after the Civil War. Congress deliberately established federal supremacy. The 14th,...
  • Black GA Legislators Sue to Dissolve ‘Super-Majority White Cities’

    03/29/2011 4:47:17 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 29 Mar 2011 | Emily Esfahani Smith
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus filed a lawsuit Monday against the state of Georgia seeking to dissolve the city charters of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton and Chattahoochee Hills. Further, the lawmakers, joined by civil rights leader the Rev. Joseph Lowery, aim to dash any hopes of a Milton County. The lawsuit, filed in a North Georgia U.S. District Court Monday, claims that the state circumvented the normal legislative process and set aside its own criteria when creating the “super-majority white ” cities within Fulton and DeKalb counties. The result, it argues, is to dilute...
  • Are baby's born to illegals US Citizens?

    02/01/2014 8:34:39 AM PST · by Yooperman · 90 replies
    Amendment 14 - Citizenship Rights 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. I say NO. The illegal mothers are not subject to the jurisdiction of the...
  • Federal authorities charge white ‘knockout’ suspect with hate crime

    12/26/2013 9:21:55 AM PST · by Carbonsteel · 99 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/26/2013 | By Stephen Dinan
    Federal authorities said Thursday they have arrested and charged a Texas man in connection with the “knockout game,” accusing him of a hate crime for targeting a black man for a vicious street attack. Most knockout victims that have appeared in news reports have been white, but the Justice Department said in this instance the victim was a 79-year-old black man, and stepped in with federal charges.
  • Justice Scalia: 14th amendment for all, not ‘only the blacks’ (Michigan affirmative action case)

    10/19/2013 4:16:04 PM PDT · by dennisw · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | By Stephen Dinan
    But Justice Antonin Scalia balked at that interpretation. “My goodness, I thought we’ve held that the 14th Amendment protects all races,” he said. “I mean, that was the argument in the early years, that it protected only the blacks. But I thought we rejected that.” He challenged Ms. Driver to cite one Supreme Court precedent that agreed the Equal Protection Clause was designed only to apply to blacks. She said she could not. The amendment in Michigan, known as ballot Proposal 2, targeted policies adopted by the governing boards and faculty at state schools including the University of Michigan, Michigan...
  • There is No "Fourteenth Amendment"!

    10/07/2013 5:59:11 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 37 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | September 27, 1957 | David Lawrence
    A MISTAKEN BELIEF — that there is a valid article in the Constitution known as the "Fourteenth Amendment" — is responsible for the Supreme Court decision of 1954 and the ensuing controversy over desegregation in the public schools of America. No such amendment was ever legally ratified by three fourths of the States of the Union as required by the Constitution itself. The so-called "Fourteenth Amendment" was dubiously proclaimed by the Secretary of State on July 20, 1868. The President shared that doubt. There were 37 States in the Union at the time, so ratification by at least 28 was...
  • Boehner: The U.S. May Default On Its Debt If Obama Continues His Refusal To Negotiate

    10/06/2013 11:33:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 6, 2013 | Oliver Darcy
    ...........During an appearance on ABC’s Sunday program “This Week,” Boehner was asked what will happen if Obama maintains his position not to negotiate over raising the debt limit. “If he [Obama] continues to refuse to negotiate, the country is going to default?” a stunned George Stephanopoulos asked Boehner. “That’s the path we are on,” he replied. “I’m willing to sit down with the president, but his refusal to negotiate is putting our country at risk,” he added, reiterating it multiple times throughout the interview.......
  • Obama Doesn't Rule Out Using 14th Amendment To Raise The Debt Limit 10/14/13

    10/06/2013 5:25:13 AM PDT · by GailA · 43 replies ^ | 10/5/13 | Mary Bruce
    With the October 17 deadline to raise the debt limit rapidly approaching, President Obama is not specifically ruling out using the 14th Amendment to increase the nation's borrowing ability if the political impasse continues and Congress fails to do so, but says he does not expect the fight to get to that point. "I'm pretty willing to bet that there are enough votes in the House of Representatives right now to make sure that the United States doesn't end up being a deadbeat. The only thing that's preventing that from happening is Speaker Boehner calling the vote," the president told...
  • Mark Levin: Obama is preparing to destroy the role of Congress by unilaterally ignoring debt ceiling

    10/05/2013 8:12:35 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    Jen Kuznicki (Conservative Writer) ^ | October 4, 2013 | Jen Kuznicki
    (Mark Levin has laid out last night what Obama’s plans are should the Republicans hold the line and refuse to increase the debt ceiling. We have been here before, as I found it important to write about two years ago when Obama and the media were considering the unconstitutional and impeachable option of using the 14th Amendment to bypass Congress on the debt ceiling.I felt compelled to partially transcribe Mark’s commentary from last night’s show, because it is very important that we get this information to our Republican members of Congress. I have linked to the relevant articles and podcast...
  • Obama Doesn't Rule Out Using 14th Amendment To Raise The Debt Limit

    10/05/2013 4:29:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 62 replies
    ABC ^ | October 5, 2013 | Mary Bruce
    With the October 17 deadline to raise the debt limit rapidly approaching, President Obama is not specifically ruling out using the 14th Amendment to increase the nation's borrowing ability if the political impasse continues and Congress fails to do so, but says he does not expect the fight to get to that point. "I'm pretty willing to bet that there are enough votes in the House of Representatives right now to make sure that the United States doesn't end up being a deadbeat. The only thing that's preventing that from happening is Speaker Boehner calling the vote," the president told...
  • Quick History Lesson; Amendments

    09/04/2013 6:05:17 AM PDT · by harpu · 7 replies
  • UCLA student government resolution bans ‘derogatory’ term ‘illegal immigrant’

    09/03/2013 6:53:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    The student government at UCLA unanimously resolved to call for the eradication of the phrase “illegal immigrant,” reports Campus Reform.The UCLA Undergraduate Students Association wants the term “illegal immigrant” banned because, its members say, the phrase is a violation of the human rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.Last week’s resolution emphasizes the student council’s desire to prevent journalists, media organizations and various campus partners from identifying illegal aliens as “illegal immigrants,” explains the Daily Bruin, UCLA’s campus rag.The resolution flatly states that “illegal immigrant” is “racially derogatory language.” Such language “has historically bolstered the foundation for racially harmful actions including racial...
  • Babies and Immigration Reform (Not one word in the 844-page law mentions Birthright Citizenship)

    04/24/2013 6:53:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 203 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/24/2013 | Cindy Simpson
    Not a single word in the 844-page "Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act" introduced by Senator Marco Rubio and the "Gang of Eight" addresses the controversial practice of "birthright citizenship." Birthright citizenship is the common description given to the automatic grant of U.S. citizenship to babies born in the U.S. regardless of the citizenship status of the parents. Many experts agree with the verdict of law professor Lino Graglia -- that the practice generates "perhaps the greatest possible inducement to illegal entry." The failure of Congress to confront the subject is nothing new. The "four pillars" of the...
  • You gotta be crazy to think the founders intended this.

    04/12/2013 8:22:32 AM PDT · by DiogenesLamp · 319 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 12, 2013 | Mara Zebest
    L.A. County Cites 16 ‘Maternity Hotels’ Serving Asian Visitors LA Times reports the following: Following a flurry of complaints, Los Angeles County inspectors have cited 16 “maternity hotel” owners for illegally operating boardinghouses in residential zones.No major health or safety issues were found at the hotels, where women from Asia stay to give birth to U.S. citizen babies. But some of the facilities, which were in Rowland Heights or Hacienda Heights, were cited for building and fire code violations, according to a report released Thursday.
  • North Carolina Lawmakers Seek To Establish Official State Religion

    04/04/2013 12:32:35 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 93 replies
    CBS Charlotte ^ | 04/03/2012 | AP
    (Following is a brief summary of the article's contents) Raleigh, North Carolina - Two North Carolina legislators introduced a state resolution asserting the State of North Carolina can make its own laws regarding the establishment of religion. [See the article for further details.]
  • Life At Conception Act Introduced By Senator Rand Paul

    03/20/2013 8:32:36 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 104 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Mar. 20, 2013 | Tim Brown
    Senator and CPAC straw poll winner Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the “Life at Conception Act” on Thursday afternoon. He then went to Twitter and tweeted the following: According to Senator Paul, S 583 “does not amend or interpret the Constitution, but simply relies on the 14th Amendment, which specifically authorizes Congress to enforce its provisions. From Section 1 of the 14th Amendment: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Justice Dept...reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans [No Due Process]

    02/05/2013 2:45:39 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 85 replies
    NBC ^ | 2/4/13 | Michael Isikoff
    A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S. The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the...
  • Gay Marriage Amendment Fails in Senate [from 2006; better time to revive?]

    08/14/2010 5:42:59 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 8, 2006 | Shailagh Murray
    A constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, backed by President Bush and conservative groups, was soundly defeated in the Senate yesterday after proponents failed to persuade a bare majority of all senators to support the measure. Although most states have acted to prevent same-sex partners from marrying, seven Senate Republicans were wary of wading into the politically risky issue and voted against bringing the proposed amendment to a final vote. ..... Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (Tenn.) and other GOP leaders had sought the vote as a way to help galvanize their party's conservative base at a time of flagging...
  • The Debt Ceiling and the Fourteenth Amendment

    01/09/2013 12:43:16 PM PST · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 9, 2013 | Dan Miller
    The Fourteenth Amendment does not grant the President unilateral authority to ignore the debt ceiling imposed by the Congress. But what if he does it anyway? There has been talk since at least 2011 about presidential reliance on the Fourteenth Amendment unilaterally to ignore the debt ceiling. In view of the approach of a new debt ceiling debate and President Obama's stated position that he will not negotiate concerning it, such talk is again au courant (as Senator Kerry, our next Secretary of State, might put it). The Obama Administration position, as stated by Press Secretary Carney on December 6,...
  • MILLER: Two systems of justice

    01/01/2013 7:30:09 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 1, 2013 | Emily Miller
    David Gregory walks free while Iraq vet was jailedIt’s been more than a week since police in Washington, D.C., opened an investigation into NBC’s David Gregory’s possession of a “high-capacity magazine” that’s prohibited in the District on on national TV. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier’s spokesman refused Monday to respond to whether Mr. Gregory had even been interviewed yet. This is a rather curious departure for a city that has been ruthless in enforcing this particular firearms statute against law-abiding citizens who made an honest mistake. In July, The Washington Times highlighted the plight of former Army Spc. Adam...
  • Lawyers for donkey-sex suspect challenge law's constitutionality

    12/13/2012 6:42:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Gainesville Sun ^ | December 11, 2012 | Vishal Persaud
    OCALA - Lawyers representing a Marion County man accused of sexual activity with a miniature donkey have filed a motion asking a judge to declare the Florida statute banning sexual activities with animals unconstitutional. Carlos R. Romero, 32, declared last week that he wanted to take his case to trial. He is accused of sexual activities involving animals, a first-degree misdemeanor, after he allegedly was found in a compromising position in August with a female miniature donkey named Doodle. In the motion filed in Marion County court on Dec. 6, the assistant public defenders handling Romero's case — Joshua Wyatt,...
  • Judge Emmet Sullivan Rules 14th Amendment Did Not Repeal Natural Born Citizen Requirement

    10/01/2012 3:58:17 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 62 replies
    ORYR ^ | Monday, October 1, 2012
    U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan Rules Natural Born Citizen Requirement Not Repealed By The 14th Amendment Or The 5th Amendment Abdul Karim Hassan vs FEC - Court Opinion - District Court for the District of Columbia - 10/1/2012 MEMORANDUM OPINION "Plaintiff Abdul Karim Hassan brings this action against the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”), seeking a declaratory judgment that (1) the Presidential Election Campaign Fund Act, 26 U.S.C. §§ 9001-9013, which provides public funding to Presidential nominees of major or minor political parties, is unconstitutional and invalid, and (2) the natural born citizen clause of the Constitution1 is irreconcilable with, and...
  • Amish shunning is central to Ohio hate crime trial

    09/15/2012 11:15:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 15, 1:23 PM EDT | John Seewer
    Six years ago, about 300 Amish bishops gathered in Pennsylvania to discuss the group's leader, Sam Mullet Sr., who had ordered the shunning of families that left his settlement near the West Virginia panhandle. Mullet had come to the attention of the bishops because, according to witnesses at his trial, there were concerns he was brainwashing community members. Prosecutors would later say he forced men to sleep in chicken coops as punishment, and one woman testified that Mullet coerced women at his settlement into having sex with him so he could turn them into better wives. The bishops eventually vetoed...
  • Jul 28, 1868: 14th Amendment adopted

    07/28/2012 4:42:51 PM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 12 replies ^ | 7/28/2012 | Staff
    Jul 28, 1868: 14th Amendment adopted Following its ratification by the necessary three-quarters of U.S. states, the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing to African Americans citizenship and all its privileges, is officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution. Two years after the Civil War, the Reconstruction Acts of 1867 divided the South into five military districts, where new state governments, based on universal manhood suffrage, were to be established. Thus began the period known as Radical Reconstruction, which saw the 14th Amendment, which had been passed by Congress in 1866, ratified in July 1868. The amendment resolved pre-Civil War questions of African American...
  • California---Is This A Hate Crime? (Vanity)

    07/10/2012 10:56:48 AM PDT · by Rino Nuker · 33 replies ^ | 7/10/12 | Rino Nuker
    More Political Correctness run amuck in California---this is in Solano County.
  • Pelosi: Obama Should Raise Debt Limit Directly, Go Around Congress

    06/20/2012 10:10:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 79 replies
    TPM ^ | 6-20-12 | Brian Beutler
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has changed her public position on an issue that divided Democrats during the fight over raising the debt ceiling last summer. She now says that President Obama should use the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling by fiat — to preserve the country’s credit rating and avoid another economically harmful brinksmanship over the country’s borrowing limit. “I would like to see the constitution used to protect the country’s full faith and credit,” she told a handful of columnists at a roundtable. According to Matt Yglesias, “She didn’t offer a legal argument in favor of...
  • FBI Seeks To Charge George Zimmerman With Hate Crime

    SANFORD, Fla. — WFTV has learned charges against George Zimmerman could be getting more serious. State prosecutors said Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, profiled and stalked 17-year-old Trayvon Martin before killing him, so the FBI is now looking into charging him with a hate crime. Zimmerman admitted to killing Martin in February during a confrontation. However, he claims the shooting was in self-defense. He's facing a second-degree murder charge, which carries a maximum possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. In the meantime, FBI investigators are actively questioning witnesses in the retreat at the Twin Lakes neighborhood,...
  • The Moral Infrastructure (Thomas Sowell on OWS)

    05/07/2012 12:24:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 8, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    The "Occupy" movement, which the Obama administration and much of the media have embraced, has implications that reach far beyond the passing sensation it has created. The unwillingness of authorities to put a stop to their organized disruptions of other people's lives, their trespassing, vandalism and violence is a de facto suspension, if not repeal, of the 14th Amendment's requirement that the government provide "equal protection of the laws" to all its citizens. How did the "Occupy" movement acquire such immunity from the laws that the rest of us are expected to obey? Simply by shouting politically correct slogans...
  • The cabbie who is driving for liberty

    03/28/2012 5:41:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/28/12 | George Will
    NASHVILLE - Ali Bokhari, now 39, emigrated from Pakistan in 2000 and eventually settled here as a taxi driver. He soon experienced a quintessentially American itch, a nagging sense that “I cannot grow.” But he had an idea: “I can build a better business model for something Nashville has been missing.” He built it and now knows that no good deed goes unpunished by today’s political model — collusion between entrenched businesses and compliant government. ... Represented by the Austin office of the Institute for Justice, the nation’s only libertarian public interest law firm, Bokhari is seeking judicial recognition of...
  • Opinion: It's time for 'equal' to mean equal

    03/12/2012 11:28:11 AM PDT · by opentalk · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | March 12, 2012 | Jennifer Gratz
    There is a short phrase, just four words, inscribed up above the main entryway into United States Supreme Court, "Equal Justice Under Law." I took note of this inscription on April 1, 2003, when my case, Gratz v. Bollinger, and a companion case, Grutter v. Bollinger, were heard by the high court. My case challenged affirmative action policies in admissions at the University of Michigan's undergraduate school; Barb Grutter's challenged affirmative action policies at the law school. By the time my case was heard by the Supreme Court the University of Michigan admitted that their affirmative action policy gave a...
  • EDITORIAL: Don’t mess with Texas quotas?

    02/21/2012 7:08:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 21, 2012 | Editorial
    It’s time for the Supreme Court to negate affirmative actionDefenders of racially-based preferential treatment argue that affirmative action was part of the original intent of the framers of the 14th Amendment. They should study more history. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case on race-conscious admission policies in the Texas public-university system. Abigail Noel Fisher sued the University of Texas in 2008 when her application was rejected when less academically qualified minority students were accepted. Ms. Fisher argues the race-based admissions policy violated her rights under the 14th Amendment, specifically the equal protection clause which says no...
  • Bachmann-Lincoln Overdrive: Will It Scramble The GOP Race?

    09/20/2011 5:47:05 AM PDT · by danielmryan · 16 replies
    Forbes Online ^ | Sept. 19, 2011 | Ralph Benko
    A new, potentially, game-changing factor has crept into the GOP presidential race. It used to be enough to win the pro-life caucus goers and primary voters to be for overturning Roe. That may be about to change. If it does, all bets on whether Mitt Romney and Rick Perry will remain front-runners are off. Why might the nearly-dormant Life issue come back to, well, liven and shake things up? A fissure has opened on this issue. The candidates are in agreement on the core anti-spending, anti-tax, anti-regulatory issues and, with the exception of outlier Ron Paul, on foreign policy. The...
  • Every Democrat once voted “No” on 14th Amendment;now they want to twist it to make Obama our king?

    08/01/2011 9:39:44 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 11 replies ^ | August 1, 2011 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Democrats have no shame, but this is a new low even for them. Recent talk from Democrats, especially Congressional Black Caucus,(CBC) members about having Barack Obama cite imaginary powers they find in the 14th Amendment as a way to rule by fiat are just flat out hypocritical. CBC member Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina clearly laid out the Democrats case for dumping our democracy and crowning Obama king so he can spend every last dollar we have. He said, “I’ve said time and time again, if the President gets up to August 2nd, without a piece of legislation, he...
  • Black Caucus urges Obama to use 14th Amendment debt fix (Compare to Emancipation Proclamation!)

    07/31/2011 10:03:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2011 | Mike Lillis
    The Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) urged President Obama on Saturday to sidestep Congress and hike the nation's $14.3 trillion debt limit on his own. In a letter to the president, the lawmakers argue that he has "both the authority and a moral obligation" to invoke the Constitution's 14th Amendment "to avoid an economic catastrophe of historic proportions." "We must not allow a political deadlock to cause the United States to default for the first time in our history," the CBC members wrote. "Now that Congress has borrowed money and incurred debt, we cannot – as a...
  • How Would the Supreme Court Rule on Obama Raising the Debt Ceiling Himself?

    07/30/2011 1:45:56 PM PDT · by SteveH · 75 replies
    The New Republic ^ | July 29, 2011 | Jeff Rosen
    “I’ve talked to my lawyers,” President Obama said in explaining his dismissal of the argument that Section Four of the Fourteenth Amendment authorizes him to raise the debt ceiling if Congress fails to act. “They are not persuaded that that is a winning argument.” But who are President Obama’s cowering lawyers, and why would the former constitutional law professor defer to their overly cautious prediction that the Supreme Court would rule against Obama if asked to adjudicate a dispute between the president and Congress? In fact, it’s far more likely that the Court would refuse to hear the case. And...
  • White House May Consider Short-Term Debt Ceiling Lift

    07/29/2011 11:07:56 AM PDT · by Qbert · 11 replies
    Reuters via CNBC ^ | 29 Jul 2011 | Reuters
    White House spokesman Jay Carney said Friday he still believes it is possible to get a debt deal completed to meet the Aug. 2 default deadline. "We still believe that we can get this done in time to meet the deadline of August 2nd," Carney told reporters, saying there needs to be a compromise agreement to break a partisan stalemate. Carney reiterated that the White House would consider agreeing to lift the debt ceiling for a few days if needed to finish a deal.
  • As congressional debt-ceiling plans founder, eyes turn to executive option

    07/29/2011 9:09:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 29, 2011 | By Gail Russell Chaddock
    There is growing pressure on President Obama to simply declare an increase in the debt ceiling by executive order and tell everyone else: Deal with it. “If nothing passes out of here and the president is sitting at his desk on Aug. 2 with no legislation, what should he do to make sure that the country doesn’t go into default?” asks Rep. James Clyburn (D) of South Carolina, the third ranking House Democrat. “Every president has used executive power to do big things,” he adds, citing President Truman’s integrating the Armed Forces and President Eisenhower’s integrating public schools. Invoking the...
  • Sen. Harkin: Nothing prevents Obama from using 14th Amendment

    07/29/2011 7:37:04 AM PDT · by maggief · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 29, 2011 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Friday ramped up growing Democratic pressure on the White House to consider invoking the Fourteenth Amendment to raise the debt ceiling. "Is there anything that prohibits him from doing that? The answer is no," Harkin said. The White House has been going about the idea the wrong way by asking whether the amendment legally gives the president the power to raise the debt ceiling without Congressional authority, according to Harkin. Although President Obama indicated last week that his lawyers had looked into the legality of the so-called “Fourteenth Amendment solution,” he said they were “not...
  • Rep. Hoyer endorses 14th Amendment option as a last-resort solution

    07/28/2011 9:01:22 PM PDT · by BAW · 42 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 07/28/2011 | Mike Lillis
    President Obama should invoke the 14th Amendment to hike the debt ceiling unilaterally as a last resort to prevent a government default, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday. "It's arguably his power to do so," Hoyer told MSNBC. "Very frankly, if it came down to his looking default in the eye on Tuesday or taking this action, as President Clinton said, better to take the action and find out later that perhaps he went beyond his authority but at least protected the credibility of the United States of America," he said. The remarks align Hoyer with a number...
  • Could President Obama Invoke Amendment Number 14?

    07/28/2011 7:14:54 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 46 replies ^ | July 28, 2011 | annem040359
    What President Barack Hussein Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, by how he is talking, it sure sounds like the Obama White House and the Democrats are getting desperate. It is a sure sign that the Democrats with President Obama are on “the ropes”. The is should come as no surprise because it is a sign that the American people are starting to scream out to the White House, Senate, and House that ENOUGH is ENOUGH. What start with many tea party movement protests going back to early 2009, has come to this late week and the efforts to resolve the...
  • The Kabuki theatre of America's Debt Ceiling

    07/26/2011 11:23:59 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/26/2011 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Calm down. The US will not miss a coupon payment on its $14.3tn debt next Wednesday. A genuine default would be “Lehman on Steroids” in the words of Ex-Treasury secretary Larry Summers. Precisely for that reason President Obama will not pull the trigger, EVEN IF the debt ceiling talks break down in acrimony. Obama still has a clutch of cards to play, in extremis. As Yves Smith from Naked Capitalism argues, the White House can challenge the constitutionality of the debt ceiling in Congress. The 14th Amendment of the Constitution states that the “validity of the public debt of the...
  • Four Questions For Obama’s 14th Amendment Supporters

    07/25/2011 7:59:12 AM PDT · by shield · 34 replies
    godfather politics ^ | 22nd of July, 2011 | Jerry Bowyer
    Bill Clinton recently revealed that if he were in office now that he would “without hesitation” use the 14th Amendment to justify ignoring the congressional debt limit. He was less clear about whether he thought it was constitutional, claiming that he would force the courts to rule on the issue. Here’s how the former president framed his argument: “I think the Constitution is clear and I think this idea that the Congress gets to vote twice on whether to pay for [expenditures] it has appropriated is crazy… [Lifting the debt ceiling] is necessary to pay for appropriations already made.” This...
  • Bill Clinton: I'd use 14th Amendment

    07/19/2011 6:46:51 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 53 replies
    Bill Clinton: I'd use 14th Amendment By: Jennifer Epstein July 19, 2011 06:25 AM EDT Former President Bill Clinton would invoke the 14th Amendment - “without hesitation, and force the courts to stop me,” he says - to raise the debt ceiling if he were in President Barack Obama’s shoes, with the deadline to raise the limit just two weeks away. “I think the Constitution is clear and I think this idea that the Congress gets to vote twice on whether to pay for [expenditures] it has appropriated is crazy,” Clinton said in an interview with journalist Joe Conason. Clinton...
  • Constitutional Nonsense. What the 14th Amendment really says about the debt ceiling/debt default

    07/09/2011 6:29:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/09/2011 | John Berlau
    Lo and behold! As we celebrated this Fourth of July amid the debt-ceiling fight, the netroots and progressive pundits suddenly discovered the Constitution’s relevance in fiscal matters. It doesn’t seem like that long ago — because it wasn’t that long ago — that they ridiculed the very idea of constitutional limits on Congress in economic policymaking, and even mocked the GOP’s public reading of the Constitution at the beginning of the current session. Of the new House rule requiring a statement of the constitutional authority for bills, Ian Millhiser wrote at ThinkProgress that “the constitutional lunatics are now in charge...
  • Liberalism's "Tantalizing" Solution For The Debt Ceiling Is Actually Really Gross

    07/07/2011 5:55:15 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies · 2+ views
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-7-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Remember when George W. Bush....after using it's reflection to groom his Hitler stash...would wave his scepter and declare stuff conservatives didn't like unconstitutional? Law professors, Democratic senators and liberal commentators have recently raised a tantalizing possibility for ending the congressional wrangling over raising the federal limit on borrowing: President Obama could simply declare the debt ceiling unconstitutional and be done with it. Advocates of this approach cite the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which states that the “validity of the public debt of the United States...shall not be questioned.”From The Washington Post What an explosive revelation to make after...
  • Why Liberals & So-Called Conservatives on Both Side of the Aisle Despise the 14th Amendment

    06/22/2011 5:28:17 PM PDT · by patlin · 6 replies
    ConstitutionallySpeaking ^ | May 22, 2011 | Linda Melin
    US citizenship is the most sought after commodity on the market today. Yes, you read correctly, "commodity". Where else in the world can one go and be paid to retire, living off of other people's property, when they have no work history? Where else can one go to have a baby and then, in the name of that baby, reap the property of those they have no loyalty or allegiance to? Where else in the world can one enter illegally and not be subject to the laws thereof? Why the good ole' US of Despotism of course! The doctrine of...
  • Mark R. Levin: Dual Citizenship is Citizenship by Statute, Not 14th Amendment Citizenship

    04/07/2011 12:46:23 PM PDT · by patlin · 130 replies
    ConstitutionallySpeaking ^ | April 7, 2010 | Linda Melin
    UNITED STATES CONSTITUTIONARTICLE IISec 5 No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States. Nearly a year ago now, Mark R. Levin with all his constitutional expertise stated the dual citizenship is not 14th Amendment citizenship. Rather it is citizenship by statute. If so, the how...
  • UPDATE: Lawsuit Filed Against LePage Over Mural ["Just like Christie, he makes them all pissy"]

    04/01/2011 9:07:54 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 27 replies
    WMTW ^ | 7:49 pm EDT April 1, 2011 | Staff
    AUGUSTA, Maine -- Gov. Paul LePage is facing more opposition to the removal of murals from the Maine Department of Labor, this time in the form of a lawsuit. It was filed late Friday afternoon. Attorney Jeff Young filing the lawsuit against LePage; Laura Boyette, acting commissioner, Maine Department of Labor and Joseph Phillips, director of the Maine State Museum. The mural was removed from the Maine Department of Labor's Augusta office in late March. It is being stored in a building off Route 27 in Augusta that is being rented by the state. LePage had ordered the mural be...
  • Lawsuit seeks dissolution of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton, Chattahoochee Hills

    03/31/2011 5:24:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | March 28, 2011 | Katie Leslie
    The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus filed a lawsuit Monday against the state of Georgia seeking to dissolve the city charters of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton and Chattahoochee Hills. Further, the lawmakers, joined by civil rights leader the Rev. Joseph Lowery, aim to dash any hopes of a Milton County. The lawsuit, filed in a North Georgia U.S. District Court Monday, claims that the state circumvented the normal legislative process and set aside its own criteria when creating the “super-majority white ” cities within Fulton and DeKalb counties. The result, it argues, is to dilute minority votes in those...
  • House of Reps Definition of “Natural Born Citizen” = Born of citizen “parents” in the US.

    03/09/2011 2:50:25 PM PST · by jzlouis · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Leo Donofrio ^ | 3/9/2011 | Leo Donofrio
    Leo Donofrio and friend uncover a definitive statement of the definition of the term "natural born citizen" on the House Floor in 1872 by John Bingham the principal framer of the 14th amendment.