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  • Enemies of the Constitution, secret and professed. Warnings from Daniel Webster (T)

    01/18/2019 8:58:23 AM PST · by rktman · 35 replies ^ | 1/18/2019 | Bill Federer
    “The Constitution has enemies, secret and professed. … They have hot heads and cold hearts. They are rash, reckless, and fierce for change, and with no affection for the existing institutions of their country. … Other enemies there are, more cool, and with more calculation. These have a deeper and more fixed and dangerous purpose. … There are those in the country, who profess, in their own words, even to hate the Constitution. … Friends of the Constitution must rally and unite … with immovable firmness, like a band of brothers … looking only to the great object set before...
  • As Being Simply ‘Born a Citizen’ of United States Sufficient Citizenship Status to be President?

    01/16/2019 7:05:55 PM PST · by CDR Kerchner · 82 replies
    CDR Kerchner (Ret) Blog ^ | 16 Jan 2019 | CDR Kerchner (Ret)
    A Lesson from History. Is Being a ‘Born Citizen’ (aka Born a Citizen) of the United States Sufficient Citizenship Status to be President? The Founders and Framers Emphatically Decided No It Was Not! One needs to be a ‘natural born Citizen’. Adjectives mean something, especially in our Constitution!
  • Beto O’Rourke: I’m Open To A Conversation About America Being Managed Under Its Original Principles

    01/16/2019 12:46:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/16/2019 | Allahpundit
    Isn’t this guy supposed to be the “centrist” in the race, the fake progressive trying to muscle in on Bernie’s turf?Or is that the point of this answer, to yank the left’s nobs by showing that his zeal for upending the American order is such that he’s willing to go full reboot to do it?I thought the worst we’d have to fear from these tools is 70 percent tax rates. Throughout the two-hour interview — which was often interrupted by bystanders urging him to run for president — O’Rourke boomeranged between a bright-eyed hope that the United States will...
  • AmmoLand News Quoted in the New York Times, on Second Amendment

    01/11/2019 6:25:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 January, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    My words seldom appear in the New York Times. It is interesting when they do. It shows, to use a phrase of the Left “we are making progress.”  This occurrence was from the article published on Ammoland about the Third Circuit failing to protect Second Amendment rights.  From The 49-year-old Judge Bibas, a former law professor, won plaudits for his dissenting opinion. “It is easy to see why President Trump chose to appoint him,” said an article on the website that appeared under the headline: “Third Circuit: Second Amendment Is a Second Rate Right.” John O. McGinnis,...
  • Democrats have big ideas for scrapping republican democracy

    01/06/2019 5:10:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/06/2018 | Monica Showalter
    Not content with just raising taxes and calling it "good for us," Democrats are arriving in this new Congress with big ideas.  Big, big, very big ideas. No more of that Clintonian reform around the edges, the small-fry midnight basketball thing – Democrat plans today are bigger.  They'd like to start by remodeling the Constitution, for one.  After all, it always seemed to get in the way of their big plans to create a New Soviet, er, American Man, er, Myn, or whatever they call it, so now they're effectively admitting they've never liked it, and now they want to get rid of it....
  • Should Border Security Money Go to Education, Health Care, or Welfare ?

    12/30/2018 4:18:17 PM PST · by huckfillary · 19 replies
    The Daily Dose of Reason ^ | December 30, 2018 | Dr. Michael J Hurd
    I’m tired of the argument, “The money for the border wall is better spent on health care, education, and welfare.” First of all, the border has to do with national security. Our Constitution requires the federal government to provide for a national defense. The border is part of that. The Constitution does not provide for charity, schooling, medical care, and all the other things the federal government is now $22 trillion in debt for spending. If you think the border wall is a bad use of money for national defense, and you have better ideas for how to provide for...
  • Progressing the Constitution - The Ninth Amendment Part IV

    12/27/2018 1:55:35 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | December 27th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: A Judicial Mess. The Framers considered and rejected a policy-making role for the Scotus. Despite James Madison’s repeated efforts, the federal convention defeated his attempts to attach the Scotus to the Executive Branch through a Council of Revision. Rufus King of Massachusetts noted that judges must “expound the law as it should come before them, free from the bias of having participated in its formation.” As if lawmaking by courts didn’t pose enough dangers to free government, what of the extreme danger of dressing up feel-good social justice in the drag of rights? The late Judge Robert Bork summed...
  • Russia Contemplates Constitution Changes as Putin Faces Term Limits

    12/26/2018 11:25:04 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Dec 2018
    Earlier this month, Putin said the constitution is “not some fossilized legal construct but a living, developing organism.” The speaker of Russia’s parliament raised the possibility of changing the constitution as speculation grows that the Kremlin is considering ways to allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in power beyond the end of his current term, when current law requires him to step down. “This is about the transfer of power,” said Gleb Pavlovsky, a political analyst and former Kremlin aide. “Putin encourages this game, dropping ambiguous hints. The comments from Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma and a top...
  • The “Nonessential” Federal Government

    12/25/2018 8:12:43 PM PST · by vannrox · 30 replies
    Dr. Hurd ^ | 22DEC18 | Dr, Hurd
    Here we go again with another partial government shutdown. The fact that “government shutdowns” are so regular, and annoying to some — but never a catastrophe — tells you something. The fact that the vast majority of the federal government is “nonessential” enough that the vast majority of Americans can get by just fine without it tells you something. Basically, it’s national security and defense — including border protection, by the way — that are considered essential. Gee, that’s interesting. That’s basically what the U.S. Constitution mandates for the federal government. Everything else was left to “the people” and the...

    12/20/2018 8:31:50 AM PST · by Sopater · 9 replies
    Journal of the American Revolution ^ | December 20, 2018 | Sandra McNamara
    Our ancestors often believed in fate, and so do I. It was fate one day that brought me to the Fraunces Tavern in New York City. Fate that day that the waiter overheard me talking to my daughter. Fate that that same waiter told me of the museum on the top floor of the Fraunces Tavern. Fate that allowed me fifteen minutes prior to closing to view the museum.In those fifteen minutes I scanned the exhibits and discovered a small posting regarding a declaration signed by 547 Loyalists in late November 1776 which declared their loyalty to the Crown and...
  • It Is the Federal Government’s Duty to Stop California

    12/20/2018 7:48:21 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 50 replies
    Politichicks ^ | 12-20-2018 | Steven Maikoski
    During this last election in California our ballot showed only two Democrats as candidates for US Senator—no Republicans, no independents. Making matters even worse was that the system would not allow write-in votes, which has been a privilege exercised by the voters since the beginning of this nation. The change was due to the Democrats modifying the primary system so it would allow only the two top candidates from the primary to enter the general election. Properly exercised, this modification could, and did, eliminate their republican competitors at the primary level. This system, when combined with the state’s lack of...
  • Senate to vote on Trump-backed federal pot legalization, but passage unlikely

    12/18/2018 7:28:21 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec. 18, 2018
    The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on an amendment that would federally legalize marijuana by allowing states to regulate their own medical and recreational pot markets. But even one senator can block a vote on the amendment, which would address a longstanding conflict between federal and state law. Sen. Cory Gardner, D-Colo., is seeking to attach the measure to the First Step Act, a bundle of prison, prisoner re-entry, and sentencing reforms that senators voted 81-12 to advance Monday.
  • Federal court says NY ban on nunchucks unconstitutional

    12/18/2018 9:55:39 AM PST · by Gamecock · 43 replies
    AP ^ | 12/17/2018 | DEEPTI HAJELA
    NEW YORK (AP) — A 1974 New York state ban on nunchucks that was put into place over fears that youth inspired by martial arts movies would create widespread mayhem is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment, a federal court has ruled. Judge Pamela Chen issued her ruling Friday in a Brooklyn federal court on the martial arts weapon made famous by Bruce Lee. The plaintiff, James Maloney, started his legal quest after being charged with possession of nunchucks in his home in 2000. He initially filed a complaint in 2003, and appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court...
  • A Texas Elementary School Speech Pathologist Refused to Sign a Pro-Israel She Lost Her [tr]

    12/18/2018 6:12:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    The Intercept ^ | December 17, 2018 | Glenn Greenwald
    A children's speech pathologist who has worked for the last nine years with developmentally disabled, autistic, and speech-impaired elementary school students in Austin, Texas, has been told that she can no longer work with the public school district, after she refused to sign an oath vowing that she “does not” and “will not” engage in a boycott of Israel or “otherwise tak[e] any action that is intended to inflict economic harm” on that foreign nation. A lawsuit on her behalf was filed early Monday morning in a federal court in the Western District of Texas, alleging a violation of her...
  • Opening Paragraph of Texas District Judge Opinion on Obamacare, Link

    12/15/2018 9:22:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 December, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
     The case is Texas, et al., v. United States of America, et al., Defendants, California, et al. Intervenors-Defendants.  Case 4:18-cv-00167-O Here is the actual decision where Judge O'Conner, of the Northern District Court of Texas, has ruled that Obamacare is unconstitutional because the Supreme Court ruled it was only Constitutional because the individual mandate was a tax. That tax was removed by Congress during the first year of the Trump administration. From The United States healthcare system touches millions of lives in a daily and deeply personal way. Health-insurance policy is therefore a politically charged affair—inflaming emotions and...
  • It’s ridiculous that it’s unconstitutional for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run for president

    12/12/2018 2:48:21 PM PST · by C19fan · 80 replies
    Vox ^ | December 12, 2018 | Matthew Yglesias
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the biggest star in the Democratic Party, and she has been ever since she unseated Rep. Joe Crowley in a surprise primary upset in May. That her win didn’t, in the final analysis, launch a wave of leftist primary victories only goes to show what a phenomenon she personally is. Not everyone shares her brand of politics, of course, but her constituency has exploded beyond the initial set of ideologues who powered the challenge to Crowley because of her incredible wit, charisma, social media savvy, and basic political smarts. In a year when moderate incumbents generally didn’t...
  • By Unanimous Vote, Delaware Set the Stage for Success

    12/08/2018 9:50:54 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 7, 2018 AD | John F Di Leo
    Reflections on the anniversary of the first ratification convention’s conclusion… On December 7, 1787, at Elizabeth Battel's Golden Fleece Tavern in Dover, Delaware, the state of Delaware became the first state to ratify the new Constitution of the United States, and did so by a unanimous vote of thirty to zero. With such an auspicious beginning, we might think that national ratification would be a foregone conclusion, but ... no such luck. As easy a decision as it was for some states, it was a very difficult one for others. We think there are huge differences between the states today...
  • John Dingell: to fix Congress, abolish the Senate

    12/06/2018 1:16:25 PM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    VOX ^ | December 4, 2018 | Dylan Matthews
    John Dingell knows a thing or two about how Congress works. First elected to the US House of Representatives at age 29 in a 1955 special election, Dingell left office in January 2015, nearly 60 years later. The last president he served with, Barack Obama, was born six years after Dingell entered office. His tenure was the longest in the history of the House or Senate, outlasting stalwarts like Strom Thurmond and Ted Kennedy by more than a decade. So his call to abolish the Senate, announced in an Atlantic excerpt from his new memoir, is pretty notable. He pairs...
  • Nearly Two-Thirds Of Non-Citizen Households In America Are On Welfare

    12/04/2018 9:01:58 PM PST · by vannrox · 36 replies
    Liberty Nation ^ | 5DEC18 | Joe Schafer
    Another day, another revelation as the great fleecing of the U.S. taxpayer continues unabated. Let’s begin at the beginning.  Forty percent of Americans are now born out of wedlock.  Single parent families are associated with a long list of social maladies: “Children who grow up with only one of their biological parents (nearly always the mother) are disadvantaged across a broad array of outcomes. . . . they are twice as likely to drop out of high school, 2.5 times as likely to become teen mothers, and 1.4 times as likely to be idle — out of school and out of work...
  • Iowa RKBA Constitutional Amendment has good Chance in New Legislature

    12/03/2018 6:24:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 30 November, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    The Iowa State seal proclaims: We prize our liberties and our rights we will maintain. Iowa is in the process of doing exactly that by adding a constitutional amendment to protect the right to keep and bear arms (RKBA) at the state level. Iowa is one of only six states that lack some state constitutional protection for the RKBA.  The proposed amendment is as follows: From Right to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms.  SEC. 1A. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The sovereign state of Iowa...