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  • A Different Take on the Bill of Rights

    02/03/2020 2:15:28 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 13 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | February 3rd 2020 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Not that anyone would notice today, but ours is a government of defined powers. The prerogatives reside with We The People who compacted to delegate certain authority and no more. Big diff between the American and Brit system, at least on paper. Imagine the 1st Amendment didn’t exist. In its absence would Congress or Scotus have the authority to establish a religion, or restrict the civil freedoms of religious worship, speech, press, assembly or petition? Without the 1st Amendment, could Scotus have inverted its intent and walled off religiosity from the public square? No. This was the essence of the...
  • Obama's Assistant Attorney General Tells Senate: Terrorists Captured on Battlefield...

    07/09/2009 1:59:46 AM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1,291+ views ^ | Wednesday, July 08, 2009 | By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer
    "Obama's Assistant Attorney General Tells Senate: Terrorists Captured on Battlefield Have Constitutional Rights" SNIPPET: "“Does that infer that these individuals have constitutional rights?” McCain asked Kris. “Ah, yes,” Kris answered. “What are those constitutional rights of people who are not citizens of the United States of America, who were captured on a battlefield committing acts of war against the United States?” McCain asked. “Our analysis, Senator, is that the due process clause applies to military commissions and imposes a constitutional floor on the procedures that the government sets on such commissions …” Kris said. “So you are saying that these...
  • Just what is a 'Right,' anyway? Here's the 5-word test

    01/11/2020 9:20:05 AM PST · by rktman · 50 replies ^ | 1/10/2020 | Patrice Lewis
    Many people believe the Founding Fathers left many "rights" out of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Stuff like the right to food. The right to housing. The right to a college education. The right to health care (particularly for illegal aliens). Heck, even the right to abortions, the right to be called by a preferred pronoun and the right to free feminine hygiene products, even in men's restrooms. If these dead white men were so brilliant, why didn't they include these "rights" when they wrote those documents? But you'll notice one common theme among every Right listed in the...
  • Did Schiff Poke a Hole in the First Amendment?

    12/16/2019 10:28:32 AM PST · by karpov · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 16, 2019 | Marc Ambinder
    ... [I]n revealing whom Mr. Solomon talked with, and when, Mr. Schiff and his committee have created a new pathway for the government to find and reveal a reporter’s sources and to question his or her motives. That is wrong. The legislative branch should not use its subpoena power to police journalism. Mr. Schiff’s pathway could easily be considered a precedent. And the government does not need more encouragement to out a journalist’s sources. The executive branch, in the institutions of the Department of Justice and the F.B.I., has used metadata — call records and routing information not protected by...
  • George Mason: Bill of Rights' Purpose is to Limit Federal Government!

    12/12/2019 8:12:54 AM PST · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    American Minute ^ | September 25, 2019 | Bill Federer
    "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Thus began the first of the Ten Amendments, or Bill of Rights, which were approved SEPTEMBER 25, 1789. "The Father of the Bill of Rights" was George Mason of Virginia. George Mason was the richest man in Virginia, owning 15,000 acres. When George Washington was chosen to be the Commander of the Continental Army, George Mason was drafted by the citizens of Virginia to fill Washington's place in the Continental Congress. George Mason wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which Jefferson drew from to...
  • Anatomy of a Drug War Crime

    11/27/2019 6:21:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | November 27, 2019 | Jacob Sullum
    Are you confident that police will not break down your door tonight? If so, it's probably because you assume the warrant required for such an armed invasion of your home has to be based on reliable evidence of criminal activity. But that is not true in Houston, as a federal indictment unsealed last week shows. According to the indictment, a drug raid that killed a middle-aged couple on Jan. 28 was based on lies from start to finish, which should alarm anyone who thinks the Fourth Amendment protects Americans from unreasonable searches. The indictment says the no-knock raid at 7815...
  • The Warren Court Said That 1A Denigrated the Right Of Officials to Sue For Libel. That was WRONG.

    09/16/2019 7:26:53 PM PDT · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 11 replies
    Self ^ | 9/14/2019 | Self
    Antonin Scalia pointed out that the Bill of Rights was not enacted to change anyone’s rights. At all. The Bill of Rights was created not to change anyone's rights but to set in concrete the already established rights of the people. That is explicitly the burden of the Ninth Amendment: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. And where the First Amendment refers to “the” freedom . . . of the press, it explicitly means that freedom of the press as it existed in 1787...
  • Oregon sees push for strictest gun storage law in US

    09/18/2019 6:08:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 18, 2019 | Andrew Selsky
    Carol Manstrom says she lost her 18-year-old son when he grabbed his father’s unsecured pistol and shot himself. Paul Kemp lost his brother-in-law when a man opened fire with a stolen AR-15 assault-style rifle at a shopping mall. On Wednesday, Manstrom and Kemp helped deliver 2,000 signatures to Oregon’s elections office as part of an effort to get a measure on the 2020 ballot that would create the stiffest law in America requiring the safe storage of firearms. The initiative would require guns to be secured with a trigger or cable lock, or in a locked container. It also mandates...
  • WATCH: Dem House Majority Whip [James Clyburn] 'Isn't Too Sure' Bill Of Rights Would Pass Today

    09/10/2019 12:04:07 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 58 replies
    freebeacon ^ | Sep 09, 2019 | Beth Baumann
    On Sunday, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) appeared on MSNBC to talk about the 1994 crime bill. During the conversation, Clyburn made a shocking admission: he doesn't believe the Bill of Rights would pass if it was brought forth today. "You know what, I really believe sincerely that the climate we're in today, if the Bill of Rights the first 10 Amendments of the United States Constitution, were put before the public today, I'm not too sure we'd hold onto the Bill of Rights," Clyburn said. "Especially when I see what people are doing with the Second Amendment. No...
  • Prof: 2nd Amendment is not absolute, neither is 1st

    09/09/2019 9:40:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies ^ | 9/8/2019 | Celine Ryan
    The University of California, Los Angeles recently published an interview with a professor who claims that mass shootings motivated by racism have only been a problem since Trump’s election. In addition to Trump’s “hate speech,” the professor blames American “gun culture” for the gun violence epidemic. He insists that a solution includes “qualifications” to both the First and Second Amendments, which he says are not “absolute.”
  • Senator Majority Leader McConnell, Do something: Protect the Bill of Rights!

    09/07/2019 7:29:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 5 September, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    In a recent editorial, the Washington Post calls on Senate Majority Leader McConnell to “Do something.” The editorial lists names of people killed in the last 20 years in mass public murders that involve guns. All of them easily fit on less than one page of the Post. The writer calls for action, out of emotion, and nothing else but emotion. From the Washington post: The list below, far from comprehensive, is tragic, in part, because it is so far from inevitable. No, no single law would end gun violence. But there are reasonable, obvious measures that would help....
  • Biden: Constitution Doesn't Say 'Anyone Can Own a Weapon,' Each Amendment Has a 'Limitation'

    09/01/2019 4:57:18 AM PDT · by gattaca · 92 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 30, 2019 | NICHOLAS BALLASY
    Former Vice President Joe Biden, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, said that U.S. Constitution does not allow "anyone" to own a weapon and does not give citizens the right to buy "any kind of weapon" they want because every amendment has limitations.
  • Thomas urges Supreme Court to reverse 'demonstrably erroneous decisions'

    06/17/2019 9:52:35 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/17/19 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday said that the Supreme Court should take more action to overturn prior “demonstrably erroneous decisions.” In a concurring opinion issued in a double-jeopardy case, Thomas wrote that he believes the court was correct in not overturning a doctrine that allows an individual to be charged with the same crime by federal and state prosecutors. However, he wrote that the Supreme Court should revisit its use of the “stare decisis” doctrine, under which a past precedent is not be overturned unless there’s a compelling reason to do so. Thomas wrote that the use of the judicial...
  • Stunning Survey Shows Half Of Americans Don’t Know All First Amendment Freedoms(and more)

    03/21/2019 12:17:19 PM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies ^ | 3/21/2019 | Unknown
    Nearly 6 in 10 Americans believe the First Amendment is under threat, according to a new survey, yet a large portion of respondents couldn’t correctly name what the amendment protects. Of the 2,000 adults who took part in the poll, half thought that “liberty” is one of the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment, while nearly half (49 percent) believed “the pursuit of happiness” was included. Thankfully, only 3 percent named “life” as one of the protected freedoms. What’s more, barely more than a quarter (26 percent) of participants knew how many amendments even comprise the Bill of Rights....
  • The Trump Campaign Says Exploiting Hacked Emails Is Free Speech [BARF}

    10/10/2018 10:12:06 AM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 19 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/10/2018 | Natasha Bertrand
    In a motion to dismiss a new lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump’s campaign team of illegally conspiring with Russian agents to disseminate stolen emails during the election, Trump campaign lawyers have tried out a new defense: free speech. The lawsuit, filed last month by two donors and one former employee of the Democratic National Committee, alleges that the Trump campaign, along with former Trump adviser Roger Stone, worked with Russia and WikiLeaks to publish hacked DNC emails, thereby violating their privacy. But the Trump campaign—represented by Jeffrey Baltruzak, Michael A. Carvin, Nikki L. McArthur, and Vivek Suri, all of the...
  • Attorneys On What the Kennedy Supreme Court Retirement Means for Gun Owners

    06/29/2018 10:49:15 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 13 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 06/29/18 | Dan Zimmerman
    The frustration for 2A supporters of late has been “why won’t the Court take any 2A cases to enforce Heller?” The short answer has been that the Court was in a classic Mexican standoff, with four justices (Roberts, Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch) being strongly pro-2A and four (Ginsburg, Breyer, Karen, and Sotomayor) prepared to gut Heller . . . and a notoriously unpredictable Anthony Kennedy with the swing vote. Neither side could be sure which way he’d go, and thus neither side wanted to risk losing. And so lower courts learned that they could defy Heller with impunity. Assuming that...
  • The Best Explanation for Our Spate of Mass Shootings Is the Least Comforting

    05/21/2018 9:33:48 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 67 replies
    National Revies ^ | 5/18/2018 | David French
    On another terrible day, I hate to introduce even more pessimism, but when we discuss mass shootings, one of the first questions we ask is the simplest and also the hardest to answer. Why? Why does this keep happening? Those who advocate for gun control have an immediate answer — the prevalence of guns in the United States. Yet guns have been part of the fabric of American life for the entire history of our republic. Mass shootings — especially the most deadly mass shootings — are a far more recent phenomenon. But Granovetter thought it was a mistake to...
  • Are There Any Adults Left in Washington, D.C.?

    04/25/2018 11:32:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 25, 2018 | Brian C. Joondeph
    As America approaches her 250th birthday, her instruction manual, the U.S. Constitution, is under assault as never before. The First Amendment is under attack by campus speech police and social media, censoring and deciding which political statements are welcomed and which are verboten. The Second Amendment is threatened by leftist elitists happy to ban guns for the law-abiding as long as they can have armed guards protecting themselves and their families from the criminals who don't give a whit about whatever gun laws the left proposes. It's not only the Bill of Rights under assault, but also Article Two of...
  • What would Patrick Henry's opinion of the Incorporation Doctrine be?

    04/07/2018 10:49:08 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    Founding Father Patrick Henry famously proclaimed "I smell a rat!" What did it smell like? What was that rat's name? What was the rat's color: brown or grey? What was the rat's purpose? The rat's purpose really is the only important question here. I asked the other questions mainly in jest. Welcome to the 6th and final posting in this series examining the claims that progressives make in regard to Marbury vs Madison. In parts 1 through 5, I mainly examined some of the inconsistencies relating to the progressives' claims. Here in part 6 I highlight where the problem actually...
  • Is the Second Amendment for Just the Militia?

    04/05/2018 6:12:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 93 replies
    American ^ | April 5, 2018 | William Sullivan
    Let's begin with the simplest of observations.  Our United States Constitution serves two distinct purposes.  The first is to explicitly enumerate the powers and procedures of our nation's central government, which was defined as the three distinct bodies (which, by the way, two thirds of the high school students currently lecturing us about the Second Amendment cannot name) – the Legislative, the Executive, and the Judicial, with levels of authority descending in that precise order. The second is to explicitly enumerate the limitations of that central government's power, which is the sole reason why our Bill of Rights exists.  The Constitution would...