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  • So you want to nullify violations of the Constitution?

    03/04/2015 7:29:06 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on Dec 22, 2010 | Jon Roland
    Mr Douglas and Whitlow discuss how nullification might work to overcome usurpations by federal officials and agents after first examining the difficulties of reform through election or litigation.
  • Principles of constitutionalism: federalism as a check on federal power

    03/04/2015 4:21:05 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 4 replies
    Renew America ^ | March 3, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    In the previous installment of this series, I discussed the constitutional principle of the separation of powers as a check on the accumulation of government force into the hands of any one man or group of men. Now, I would like to discuss the other intended division of power – the principle of federalism that was engineered into our constitutional system. This principle should be – and would be, if we would use it effectively – an even more powerful deterrent to federal government overreach than even the separation of powers between the three branches of government at the federal...
  • When Free Institutions Fail.

    03/04/2015 3:12:51 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 28 replies
    Five hundred years ago, Machiavelli wrote how governing institutions designed for FreeRepublics were not only unsuited for corrupted republics, they eventually served to enforce tyranny. His prescience was on display yesterday in the US Congress. Designed in 1787 as the consensual law making body of a free people and their states, Congress joined in tyrannical partnership with President Obama. Under cover of the reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu’s fabulous speech against Obama’s nefarious plans for Iran and against peace, the Speaker of the House brought a “clean” DHS funding bill to the floor for a vote. In support of Obama’s lawless...
  • Vox Writer: Ditch U.S. Constitution, Replace With Parliamentary System

    03/03/2015 5:08:21 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 49 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 3, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Intrepid boy reporter Dylan Matthews at General Electric (also Comcast) Vox got hilariously spanked in public recently when he proposed that the U.S. Senate be abolished because it was "anti-democratic." Matthews somehow forgot (or never learned) that we have a federal system so such an abolition would be impossible under our system of government. Therefore, young Dylan found another outlet for his pubescent enthusiasms. Why, if we can't abolish the Senate under the current system then BINGO! Ditch the despised constitution and replace it with a parliamentary system. To get a proper fix on Dylan's latest crusade, let us take...
  • Dictators Necessary to Keep Free Republics.

    03/03/2015 1:47:35 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 17 replies
    First off, a dictator is not a tyrant. Yes, an online dictionary and a thesaurus I know of regard them as fairly synonymous. They are not. Tyrants are outlaws hostile to republican freedom. Tyrants assume, grasp, and otherwise illegally seize powers. They either destroy republican institutions outright, or like Obama, they squeeze the neck of institutions like congress that stand in their way. In time, once free institutions become rubber stamps to the will of the tyrant and sooner or later legitimize his oppression. OTOH, successful dictators are republican saviors. Classic, ancient dictators were freely given enormous authority for a...
  • The End Justifies The Means

    03/02/2015 6:11:32 PM PST · by PoliticallyShort · 9 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 03/02/2015 | Nick
    Gone are the days in which we once cherished the delicate balance between government authority and individual liberty. Our Constitution, that once connected one generation to the next by restraining the excess of the present, is being erased. The terms and conditions for governing that once held the same meaning under our Constitution in the past no longer applies to the present as both political parties are unwilling to respect or even defend the Constitution. The President of the United States faces no opposition from either elected party in Congress as he imposes his vision of transforming our Republic. By...
  • Latest News Events Suggest U.S. Constitution a Dead Letter

    03/02/2015 2:18:25 PM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 2, 2015 | STEPHEN M. KRASON
    February 2015 did not just feature bitter cold in the eastern half of the U.S., but was a news-laden month that provided a window on a large number of our contemporary social, political, and cultural troubles.Heading the list was the continuing saga of big and increasingly threatening government in the Age of Obama. Early in the month, President Obama proposed a budget that would increase spending on social programs and—surprise, surprise—increase taxes on the wealthy. This is in spite of the fact that ever-spiraling federal domestic spending over a half-century has had limited success, caused government dependency to deepen...
  • Reflections on the 82nd Anniversary of the New Deal

    03/02/2015 2:00:15 PM PST · by Publius · 17 replies
    A Publius Essay | 2 March 2015 | Publius
    Before the New DealThe essay Federalism: Yesterday and Today covers Federalism from the Founding period to the modern era, with some attention paid to the Progressive Movement. The Progressives thought that the solutions to America’s problems, which they believed originated with Big Business, would only be found in Big Government as a counterbalance. They believed that Big Government should nudge, or even coerce, Americans to “live properly” – which meant to live as this university-educated elite saw fit. The earlier essay laid out their political and social agendas. The Constitution was an impediment to this agenda, and the Progressives needed...
  • Executive Action Underway to Ban Bullets SATIRE

    03/02/2015 9:12:16 AM PST · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 March 2015 | John Semmens
    President Obama has ordered the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to write a regulation banning 5.56mm ammo. This is the type of bullet used in the AR-15 style semi-automatic—the top-selling rifle in the country. BATFE Director B. Todd Jones characterized the proposed new rule as “pure genius on the part of the President. The Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms. It doesn’t say anything about ammunition. By going after the bullets we skirt all the arguments the NRA uses to block government’s efforts to disarm the public.” Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob...
  • MO: Court Enforces Constitutional Protection of Right to Arms

    03/01/2015 9:16:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
       A St. Louis Judge has ruled that Missouri's tough new protection of the right to keep and bear arms is not just a paper tiger.  In the first ruling of its kind, the court ruled that a person cannot be prohibited from the right to keep and bear arms under Missouri statutes, for a non-violent felony.  From stltoday.com: St. Louis Circuit Judge Robert Dierker ruled that the Missouri law prohibiting felons from possessing guns is unconstitutional as applied in the case of Raymond Robinson, in part because it fails to differentiate between violent and non-violent felons.The amendment declares...
  • The Irrelevant Majority

    02/26/2015 5:38:07 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 25 Feb 15 | Matt Ward
    A constant refrain when discussing issues of radical Islam is that the overwhelming majority of Muslims are not radicalized. I agree completely. The vast majority of Muslim men and women are people who just want to live their lives, bring up their families and make the most out of the short time they have available to them. Almost all Western intelligence agencies are unanimous in their estimates that anywhere between 15-25 percent of Muslims worldwide are radicalized. That means there are between 180-300 million radicalized Muslim men and women in the world today. It is quite right to point out...
  • Republican capitulation LEGALLY RATIFIES ILLEGAL AMNESTY

    02/26/2015 5:31:58 PM PST · by iowacornman · 44 replies
    Vanity | 2/26/2015 | Iowacornman
    The legal principal is that if you ratify through funding of the illegal act of a president gone berserk, you have just ratified his illegal act, waived objection and approved of his decree. STOP THIS!!
  • DEFUNDING OBAMA'S AMNESTY: Litmus test for Republicans - true conservatives standing on principle?

    02/25/2015 11:52:07 AM PST · by forty_years · 12 replies
    The Midnight Ride ^ | 2/25/2015 | Andrew L. Jaffee
    Republican leadership seems on the verge of caving in, breaking their November 4, 2014 election promises, and funding President Obama's blatantly unconstitutional executive directives to grant amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants. Did Republicans get the message voters sent in the November 4 election? Republicans took the Senate, strengthened their hold on the House, took a good number of state houses, and won an amazing number of governorships, but voters weren't solely endorsing the GOP -- not by a long-shot. Voters were more concentrated on repudiating President Obama's policies and those of his out-of-control "liberal" establishment. But, before dissecting...
  • Message From a Pro Gay Marriage Heterosexual Republican

    02/23/2015 4:13:15 PM PST · by EveningStar · 49 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 23, 2015 | Christian Caballero
    Fellow Republicans, you are sadly mistaken if you believe that the results of the November 2014 elections are a sign from the American people that the coast is clear to continue operating as you have in the past. You should not read into the results as predictive of the 2016 presidential elections. If you want to avoid a very short-lived honeymoon at the top you will have to govern in accordance with the realities that exist in America today. One of those realities is that the prohibition of gay marriage is a form of discrimination that our court system is...
  • Ted Cruz Never Punts...ALWAYS ON OFFENSE

    02/23/2015 12:41:23 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 24 replies
    RedState ^ | 2/23/2015 | WillStauff
    Ted Cruz never punts because he’s too busy staying on offense. Cruz never allows the media to control the narrative he forces them to follow his narrative. I think the best example of this was a while back when Cruz was on Meet The Press with Chuck Schumer. Gregory wanted Cruz to come out one way or another about the recent NRA ads talking about Obama’s children. Remember that?
  • New poll shows Ted Cruz leading among 2016 hopefuls

    02/23/2015 8:57:51 AM PST · by gwgn02 · 39 replies
    therightscoop ^ | 2/23/2015 | right scoop
    en. Ted Cruz has a narrow edge over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a new survey on 2016 GOP hopefuls in Texas. Twenty percent prefer Mr. Cruz in a would-be 2016 GOP presidential primary match-up, and 19 percent prefer Mr. Walker in a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. The numbers present a rapid rise for Mr. Walker, who was at 2 percent to Mr. Cruz’s 27 percent a few months ago. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson were next at 9 percent apiece, followed by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who had been in second...
  • It’s Already Begun

    02/22/2015 8:23:42 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 21 Feb 15 | Jim Torres
    Did you know that Dr. Ben Carson was on the “extremist” list of the Southern Poverty Law Center? This organization has compiled a list of extremists who might bring about anarchy onto the streets of America. Among those on the list are skinheads, Nazi sympathizers, and violent gangs. I suspect this organization is in cahoots with the current administration though because they fail to name Islamic extremists and their radical agenda to destroy our country. Of all people, Dr. Ben Carson made the list! (However, the Southern Poverty Law Center has recently recanted after a massive outcry from the Christian...
  • Principles of constitutionalism: divided power is limited power

    02/19/2015 5:52:45 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 8 replies
    Renew America ^ | February 11, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    In the previous installment of this series, I discussed the place that virtue was understood to have as the basis for all good government, and thus its central position in the minds of the founding generation who established our Constitution. In this article, I would like to explore one of the ramifications of that principle, and discuss how it was applied in our founding document. This is the principle that "divided power is limited power," and why it is important, constitutionally and morally speaking, for power to be both divided and limited. If there is one thing our founders were...
  • Why Not One Governor is Qualified to be President

    02/19/2015 3:35:21 AM PST · by Bratch · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 19, 2015 | Selwyn Duke
    Our Constitution has become a suicide pact.That’s the view of Thomas Jefferson, expressed in an 1819 letter to jurist Spencer Roane, when he said “If this opinion be sound, then indeed is our constitution a complete felo de se” (suicide pact). The opinion Jefferson referred to is the legitimacy of judicial review, the idea, as he put it, that “gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres.” He warned that accepting such a doctrine makes “the Judiciary...
  • The Republican Wisdom of Machiavelli

    02/18/2015 3:14:56 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 144 replies
    The accepted dogma among many conservatives is that the way to save what remains of our republic is to vote conservative, constitutionalist, virtuous men and women into office. History shows that to be a blind alley, a dead end that occupies many minds, all the while evil men get away with high crimes. It’s a pity that electoral history going back decades have failed to disprove their belief. Most of the conservative candidates we send to congress go wobbly, rino or worse. Meanwhile, no congressional rats ever turn conservative. Clearly, there is something outside the power of personal character and...
  • While You Were Sleeping - Federal Regulatory State's Ten Thousand Commandments

    02/17/2015 11:24:05 AM PST · by PapaNew · 4 replies
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | April 29, 2014 | Clyde Wayne Crews
    Ten Thousand Commandments is the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s annual survey of the federal regulatory state. Authored by CEI Vice President for Policy Clyde Wayne Crews, it shines a light on the large, growing, and hidden costs of America’s regulatory state. The scope of federal government spending and deficits is sobering, but federal regulations cost hundreds of billions – perhaps trillions – of dollars annually. Unfortunately, they get little attention in policy debates. Regulatory costs are difficult to quantify because, unlike taxes, they are unbudgeted and often indirect. Ten Thousand Commandments compiles scattered government and private data on the numbers and...
  • From Rome to Philadelphia: Protecting a Nation from the Fate of Lucretia

    02/16/2015 6:05:28 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 16 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 16, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on the United States’ Commander-In-Chief, on Presidents’ Day… During the summer of 1787, the member states of the United States of America sent delegates to Philadelphia, hoping that in this new convention, they could right the errors made in the construction of the Articles of Confederation. The nation was in an economic depression that had not ended with the peace signed in 1783, as many had expected. On the contrary, our currency was worthless, our borders were porous, our cargo was in jeopardy on the high seas, and our veterans were destitute at home. The delegates to the Constitutional...
  • On the question of recusal... (Vanity)

    02/16/2015 3:37:31 PM PST · by Strawberry AZ · 1 replies
    Vanity | 02-16-2015 | MJ Alexander (Vanity)
    After two years of watching how‭ ‬one man‭ ‬presides over the‭ ‬Arizona State Senate,‭ ‬I can no longer withhold my opinion:‭ ‬Andy Biggs lacks the courage of his convictions.‭ ‬I refer specifically to his obstruction of Article V legislation that would add Arizona to the growing list of states applying to Congress for a‭ ‬convention to propose amendments to the Constitution.‭ ‬He‭ ‬claims to‭ ‬fear that state legislators‭ ‬– such as himself and‭ ‬89‭ ‬of his closest colleagues‭ ‬-‭ ‬would lose control of the agenda,‭ ‬risking a re-write of‭ ‬the‭ ‬entire Constitution,‭ ‬despite copious‭ ‬and credible‭ ‬evidence‭ ‬dispelling‭ ‬such concerns...
  • Judicial Watch: Potential Violation of Law in President Obama’s Proposed Expansion of DACA

    02/14/2015 3:24:24 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 2/12/15 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding potential criminal and civil violations of law in the implementation of President Obama’s executive actions for immigration, which may be in violation of the Antideficiency Act: “Judicial Watch calls upon Congress, to request that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate the following issues: “Whether Congress has specifically appropriated the funds or authorized the assessment of fees necessary for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to implement the plans to extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) and establish Deferred Action to Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents...
  • The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution (1999-2014)

    02/13/2015 6:53:50 PM PST · by T Ruth · 25 replies
    New American ^ | based on key votes from 1999 through 2014. | New American staff
    "The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution" rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements. The percentages below are cumulative scores based on key votes from 1999 through 2014. Click on a senator's or representative's name to get a detailed breakdown of his or her voting record.
  • CNN Anchor: ‘Our Rights Do Not Come From God’

    02/13/2015 7:43:29 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 60 replies
    http://www.cnsnews.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Curtis Kallin
    During a heated discussion over gay marriage, CNN morning Anchor Chris Cuomo opined that the unalienable rights endowed to all Americans do not come from God. Cuomo was debating Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Near the end of the back-and-forth and after Moore argued that rights cannot be handed down by men, Cuomo blurted out: “Our rights do not come from God, your honor, and you know that. They come from man... That’s your faith, that’s my faith, but that’s not our country. Our laws come from collective agreement and compromise.” Maybe Mr. Cuomo...
  • A Worthless Piece of Paper

    02/12/2015 8:33:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    President George W. Bush was fond of saying that "9/11 changed everything." He used that one-liner often as a purported moral basis to justify the radical restructuring of federal law and the federal assault on personal liberties over which he presided. He cast aside his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution; he rejected his oath to enforce all federal laws faithfully; and he moved the government decidedly in the direction of secret laws, secret procedures and secret courts. During his presidency, Congress enacted the Patriot Act. This legislation permits federal agents to write their own search warrants when...
  • Federal Ban on Interstate sale of Handguns Ruled Unconstitutional

    02/11/2015 4:14:17 PM PST · by marktwain · 45 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Alan Gura and the Second Amendment Foundation have achieved another significant victory toward restoring second amendment rights.  In the federal District Court in Dallas, United States Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that the interstate ban on handgun sales by federally licensed dealers is unconstitutional.  From the ruling(PDF): IV.CONCLUSION Based on the foregoing, it is ORDERED that Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss for lack of standing (ECF No. 15) is DENIED. It is FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment (ECF No. 21) is GRANTED, and Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment (ECF No. 15) is DENIED. Accordingly, the Court DECLARES that...
  • Federal Election Commission to Consider Regulating Online Political Speech

    02/11/2015 8:36:50 AM PST · by rktman · 58 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 2/11/2015 | Rudy Takala
    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is holding a hearing today to receive public feedback on whether it should create new rules regulating political speech, including political speech on the Internet that one commissioner warned could affect blogs, YouTube videos and even websites like the Drudge Report. The hearing is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC last year, which struck down the FEC’s previous cap on aggregate campaign contributions from a single donor in an election cycle.
  • The Ark of Freedom

    02/10/2015 8:28:34 PM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 8 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | 02/09/2015 | Nelson Hultberg
    There is only one hope to stop the tyrannical rot of statism stealing over our country. We must challenge the Democrat-Republican monopoly of politics that foments the rot. Is this being redundant? Heard all this before? Perhaps, but our most defiant Founding Father, Samuel Adams, was very redundant in his pursuit of justice. He told his fellows repeatedly: “It does not take a majority to prevail…but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” Irate and tireless are what’s important here. We can save our country only if we patriots (who are...
  • Drive to Limit Washington's Power Wins Support of Tom Coburn

    02/10/2015 1:41:44 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 10th 2015 | Paul Bedard
    The national drive to encourage states to hold a convention to pass constitutional amendments to shut down Washington’s overreach and President Obama’s executive actions picked up the support of another leading conservative Tuesday, retired Sen. Tom Coburn. The Oklahoma Republican said he will be a senior adviser to the Convention of States Project, based in Purcellville, Va. “Our national soul is being corrupted by Washington’s unhindered and unconstitutional overreach,” said Coburn, a champion of efforts to limit Washington. The effort already has the backing of Sarah Palin, radio talk show host Mark Levin, and two presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee and...
  • State Senator Authors Resolution To Repeal Indiana's Ratification Of 17th Amendment

    02/10/2015 9:45:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    WBAA Public Radio ^ | February 9, 2015 | Network Indiana
    An Indiana state senator wants to change the way US senators are elected. Until the 17th Amendment was ratified a century ago, senators weren't elected directly, but by state legislatures. Charlestown State Senator Jim Smith says the idea was to make senators responsive to their states‘ concerns. He argues the switch to direct election has contributed to a shift in the balance of power from the states to the federal government. Smith says it‘s separated senators from state concerns and made it harder to remove them. "As the needs of the state of Indiana change," says Smith,"then we would essentially...
  • General welfare clause

    02/07/2015 9:10:17 AM PST · by rey · 58 replies
    Press Democrat | 7 Feb 2015
    Rights and responsibilities EDITOR: I’m so tired of people who don’t have their children vaccinated because they claim they have the right not to have their children vaccinated. I suggest they read the preamble to the Constitution, from which our rights are derived. The preamble clearly states that one of the purposes of the Constitution is “to promote the general welfare.” It seems to me that means that the general welfare is more important than individuals. I believe it was the late Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes who said, “The right to swing my fist ends where the other...
  • An Unprecedented Constitutional Crisis

    02/07/2015 8:09:57 AM PST · by Q-ManRN · 21 replies
    Gun Owners of America/gunowners.org ^ | February 5, 2015 | Tim Macy
    Using fraudulent budget math which landed Bernie Madoff in prison with a 150-year sentence, Obama deliberately lied to the American people about the cost of insurance [under Obamacare], their ability to keep the policies they liked, and the fact that middle income Americans were being bled dry in order to fund other people's medical care. When his politicized Internal Revenue Service was caught trying to destroy his political opposition, Obama stonewalled and used the "dog ate my homework" excuse. Thus, he argued, an Executive Branch which could suck up meta-data on every phone call in the world somehow couldn't locate...
  • Reliance on the Virtue of Politicians Cannot Restore our Republic.

    02/06/2015 1:16:27 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 85 replies
    A common solution at FreeRepublic for the ills of our nation is to just enforce the constitution we have. Elect enough Tea Party conservatives and freedom will be restored. From the moment of our independence, the first question, as posited by Mercy Warren was “what government consistent with the Declaration of Independence can be designed by men too proud for monarchy, too poor for nobility, and it is to be feared, too selfish and avaricious for a virtuous republic?” Republicanism was in our blood. Despite the efforts of the British Crown, all of the states had evolved from quasi-republican colonies....
  • Constitutional senior lecturer-in-chief misunderstands the First Amendment

    02/06/2015 4:57:15 AM PST · by AJFavish · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 6, 2015 | Allan J. Favish
    According to the Washington Times, President Barack Obama made statements at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 5, 2015 that establish that Obama has a fundamental misunderstanding of the United States Constitution's First Amendment, which among other things protects freedom of speech. The Times reported:
  • Advancing Islam and Sharia into America: Mosques as Territorial Markers

    02/05/2015 10:51:30 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 20 replies
    Right Side News ^ | February 5, 2015 | Frosty Wooldridge
    4-Star Admiral Lyons Slams Obama (VIDEO): Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrated All Of Our National Security Agencies Today in America, Muslims spread to every state in our Union. Since 1991 with only 100,000 Muslims, they featured less than 300 mosques. Today, in 2015 with seven million followers, Muslims own 2,200 mosques and growing. In those buildings, they preach Sharia and the tenants of Islam. They brain wash their followers, their children and their women. They intend to extend their power and grasp with each mosque as they create caliphates (their own cities) within our country. What can we expect in America? In...
  • Alan Gura, SAF file Second Suit against DC for Violations of 2nd Amendment Rights

    02/04/2015 10:51:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The wheels of justice in the District of Columbia are turning exceedingly slowly in enforcing the second amendment of the Constitution.  It was shortly after the Heller decision in 2008, that Alan Gura and SAF filed suit in what has become the Palmer case in the District of Columbia.    That suit was filed in August of 2009, only a little more than a year after Heller was decided in June of 2008.   It took almost exactly five years to get a ruling in the Palmer case.  Alan Gura, during that period, filed two petitions for a writ of mandamus....
  • Sessions: 'We Took an Oath to Defend the Constitution, Not a Political Party'

    02/03/2015 5:21:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/3/15 | DANIEL HALPER
    Republican senator Jeff Sessions will be releasing this statement responding to the Senate blocking a vote on Homeland Security funding: “House and Senate Republicans are standing together in defense of our laws, our borders, and our constituents. But Senate Democrats, following their party leaders, blocked debate on this bill—a bill which fully funds every lawful activity of DHS. What the bill does not fund are actions that violate the law. Senate Democrats are voting to protect an imperial overreach and to deny citizens control over their own government. They are advancing an open-borders agenda against the will of the American...
  • Supreme Court decides police don’t need to obey the law, don’t need to know what it says

    02/03/2015 8:55:29 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 37 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/3/15 | Doug Book
    In December of last year, the Supreme Court continued a decades-long tradition of chipping away at 4th Amendment rights by ruling that police may violate those rights “…if the violation results from a “reasonable” mistake about the law…” In the case of Heien v The State of North Carolina, police sergeant Matt Darisse stopped a vehicle he considered “suspicious” because one of three tail lights was faulty. While writing a warning ticket, he then “became suspicious” of vehicle occupants and “their answers to his questions.” When vehicle owner Nick Heien gave Sergeant Darisse permission to search the car, the officer...
  • Cuccinelli Endorses Convention Of The States

    02/02/2015 7:19:05 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    One of the most unique and important discussions among constitutional conservatives is taking place right now in Virginia’s General Assembly. It is the debate about whether the states (including Virginia) should exercise their rights to call an Article V Convention of States. Principled limited government constitutional conservative former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has come out in favor of two bills currently before the Virginia legislature calling for a constitutional convention of the states. Speaking through his e-newsletter “The Cuccinelli Compass” Cuccinelli argued in favor of a position shared – and opposed – by many principled limited government constitutional conservatives....
  • Is same-sex marriage constitutional?

    02/02/2015 8:20:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 02/02/2015 | David New
    The Supreme Court will soon decide one of the great issues of our time. Is same-sex marriage protected by the U.S. Constitution? Most federal courts have said that it is. But last November, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said ‘no.’ They said the issue of same-sex marriage belongs to the states. Their decision created a conflict within the federal circuit courts which convinced the Supreme Court that they will have to decide the issue. When the Supreme Court announced their decision to hear the case, they asked the opposing parties to argue two important questions. First,...
  • Citing Constitution, Paul Ryan Defends Israeli Leader’s Address to Congress

    02/01/2015 2:20:23 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 2/1/15 | Kate Scanlon
    During an appearance on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Rep. Paul Ryan defended House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, calling the decision “wholly appropriate.” Host Chuck Todd asked the Wisconsin Republican if it was appropriate for the legislative branch to circumvent the executive branch in matters of foreign policy. Ryan said critics of Netanyahu’s visit should look to the U.S. Constitution. “These are three separate but equal branches of government,” said Ryan. “We don’t subserve one to the other.”
  • Public Opinion.

    02/01/2015 3:35:59 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    teachingamericanhistory.org ^ | December 19th 1791 | James Madison
    Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one. As there are cases where the public opinion must be obeyed by the government; so there are cases, where not being fixed, it may be influenced by the government. This distinction, if kept in view, would prevent or decide many debates on the respect due from the government to the sentiments of the people. In proportion as government is influenced by opinion, it must be so, by whatever influences opinion. This decides the question concerning a Constitutional Declaration of Rights, which requires an influence...
  • How Do We Get Back to Where We Were?

    01/31/2015 11:37:15 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 42 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/31/15 | Dr. Robert Owens
    As a Historian I always believe even a little history might help push back the darkness swirling around us It’s hard to be a conservative when there’s little left to conserve. The increasing pace of America’s progression from free markets to a command economy has reached such a pace and become so obvious that way back in 2009 the Russian Prime Minister used his spotlight time at the World Economic Forum to warn America not to follow the socialist path. The Russian newspaper Pravda,once the leading communist voice on earth published an article entitled, ‘American capitalism gone with a whimper’....
  • Indiana Conservatives Call for Convention of States

    01/29/2015 3:08:19 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 23 replies
    Indiana Daily Student ^ | January 27, 2015
    Six months ago, Marty Wood had no interest in politics. His said his 
priorities were elsewhere. But Tuesday night, Wood stood in front of a crowd of his fellow conservatives at the Monroe County Public Library to convince them why the U.S. Constitution needs to be amended. Wood, a graduate of Purdue University, is the director of the Indiana Coalition for the Convention of States Project, a group that is looking to amend the U.S. Constitution. But Wood said he is not proposing any specific amendments, just a 
convention of the states. “This project is not proposing anything,” Wood said....
  • 2016: Scott Walker versus The Establishment

    01/29/2015 4:27:56 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/29/15 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    It has been a long time since we've seen any candidate that truly stood with the Constitution. What we need is another Calvin Coolidge. . . and his name is Scott Walker This writer has already established that Scott Walker is the best candidate to represent the Republican Party for President of the United States. He is fearless, stands on his principles, and in the State of Wisconsin, as governor, he endured attacks by the left and the labor unions that put him in a position to face three elections in four years. . . and Scott Walker prevailed, in...
  • (Virginia General Assembly) Article V Con Con Legislation Up TOMORROW! (Today, January 27th)

    01/27/2015 8:27:31 AM PST · by Perseverando · 40 replies
    The Marshall Message | January 26, 2015 | Delegate Bob Marshall
    Dear Friends: On Tuesday Jan. 27thSpeaker Howell’s Rules Committee will hear HJ 497 and HJ 499, applications asking Congress to call a Convention to amend (change) our U.S. Constitution. Please contact the following delegates to OPPOSE these measures. The Hearing will be in House Room 1, around 1:00 pm if you can attend. delwhowell@house.virginia.gov, delslandes@house.virginia.gov, delslandes@house.virginia.gov, delkcox@house.virginia.gov, deltkilgore@house.virginia.gov, dellware@house.virginia.gov, delcjones@house.virginia.gov, delborrock@house.virginia.gov, delbknight@house.virginia.gov, delringram@house.virginia.gov, deljmassie@house.virginia.gov, delghabeeb@house.virginia.gov, deljjoannou@house.virginia.gov, delkplum@house.virginia.gov, deldtoscano@house.virginia.gov, After all of the sacrifices made by our Founders to birth our nation and form our government, I am troubled that the Constitution is blamed for the ills facing America, when really...
  • The Fifth Branch of Government.

    01/26/2015 1:39:48 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 9 replies
    For several decades, conservatives have lamented the growth of the administrative state, aka the fourth branch of government. Created by congress, directed by the president, and armed with semi-despotic powers, these administrative agencies, by the number of regulations they issue, are the real lawmakers in the once American republic. On paper, the fourth branch is accountable to the reps of the people, the House and Senate of the United States. Liberals love them, for while these agencies are subject to congressional oversight, they are for practical purposes, extensions of the will of the president and are unaccountable to congress. Consider...
  • Homeschooled children seized by authorities still in state custody

    01/22/2015 10:06:37 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    one news now ^ | 1/20/15 | Michael F Haverluck
    What began as an investigation ignited by an anonymous report turned into a nightmare for an Arkansas homeschooling couple and seven of their children last week – and it's not over yet. Arkansas sheriff's deputies in Garland County have "stolen" seven homeschoolers from their parents in a home raid spurred by an anonymous caller who told authorities the family's house contained a "poisonous substance" — which turned out to be a mineral supplement/water purifier that isn't FDA-approved. It's been more than a week since the officers and the Department of Human Services (DHS) seized the seven homeschoolers. They remain in...