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  • The Article V Initiative: The way for the states to end Washington’s spending

    03/30/2015 10:40:48 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/30/15 | Herman Cain
    Checks and balances. If you’re frustrated by the refusal of Congress to stop its fiscal insanity – and how could you not be? – it’s time to start realizing that the Constitution gives states and the people more power over Congress than most realize. And right now there is an effort called the Article V Initiative that would wield and deploy that power. Most people don’t know, because they have never been taught, that Article V of the Constitution empowers the people through their state legislatures to propose amendments. Specifically, Article V proscribes a process in which two-thirds of state...
  • Ted Cruz’s favorite Thomas Jefferson quote and the message it sends

    03/30/2015 10:26:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Post's Morning Mix ^ | March 30, 2015 | Fred Barbash
    In questions of powers, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. — Thomas JeffersonDon’t be embarrassed if you don’t instantly recognize those words from Thomas Jefferson. They’re not etched in marble on his memorial in Washington. While they express a common sentiment of the founding generation — that since men are no “angels,” the Constitution is necessary to control their baser acts — the occasion for Jefferson’s “chains” was anything but common. The words come from Jefferson’s draft of the Kentucky Resolutions, in which he...
  • Everytown, Florida Moms Demand Action Release Poll That Shows Strong Majority Of Floridians Oppose

    03/30/2015 8:30:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    www.prnewswire.com ^ | 3/26/2015 | unknown
    61 percent of Floridians oppose requiring colleges and universities to allow concealed weapons on their campuses. 61 percent of Floridians oppose changing Florida law to allow guns in K-12 schools. Only eight percent of Floridians say the state's gun laws should be weakened, compared to 48 percent who would like to see gun laws strengthened, and 39 percent who would like gun laws to remain unchanged.
  • Crash Course [Germanwings: Ø is doing the same to the USA]

    03/29/2015 4:00:49 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 8 replies
    Hope & Change Cartoons ^ | March 27, 2015 | Stilton Jarlsberg
    The pilot was locked out of the cockpit...[SNIP]...And above all, we feel helpless because Barack Obama has locked us out. He locked the American people out of his decision to seize the national healthcare system. Locked us out when we wanted to know why the IRS was attacking conservatives. He locked us out of having a say in his decision to tear up our immigration laws, and to give over a trillion dollars in benefits to those who broke those laws. Obama locked out those who advised against premature troop withdrawals. Locked out the intelligence agencies who issued warnings about...
  • The John Birch Society & Article V - Standing for Hypocrisy and Deception

    03/27/2015 2:21:16 PM PDT · by Strawberry AZ · 53 replies
    Vanity ^ | 03-27-2015 | MJ Alexander (Vanity)
    Someone recently asked, “Why is it that the John Birch Society is so opposed to an Article V amendment convention today despite the fact that they have been supporters of amending the Constitution since back in the 70s?” That’s a darned good question. It a matter of history that Robert Welch, the first president of the John Birch Society, welcomed those who would repeal the 16th Amendment (the progressive income tax) into the society and made their cause a part of JBS lore. In 1975, Larry McDonald, then a Democrat U.S. Representative from Georgia, who went on to become the...
  • A Grave Problem – NJ Ban on Religious Headstone Sales Could Violate Constitution

    03/27/2015 6:34:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/26/15 | Kevin J. Jones
    Trenton, N.J., Mar 26, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A New Jersey law crafted to ban the Archdiocese of Newark from selling cemetery headstones might not pass muster under judicial review, according to a constitutional law expert. Matthew Franck said the law “may well be violating the freedom of religion” guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution because it “singles out religious organizations for disfavored treatment.” Franck directs the Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Princeton, N.J.-based Witherspoon Institute. He characterized the law as “a direct assault on the freedom of churches to offer services to the bereaved...
  • Kansas House Passes Constitutional Carry (Vanity)

    03/25/2015 4:09:40 PM PDT · by demshateGod · 10 replies
    Kansas Legistlature ^ | 3.25.2015 | Me
    Kansas House just passed Senate Bill 45 "authorizing the carrying of concealed handguns without a license under the personal and family protection act." Several Republicans voted against it. Here they are. John Barker Email:johnbarker2012@yahoo.com Barbara Bollier Email:barbarabollier@gmail.com Stephanie Clayton Email:stephaniesawyerclayton@gmail.com Diana Dierks Email:dierks@salinahomes.com Linda Gallagher Email:LJGallagher@kc.rr.com Don Hill Email:donhill70@hotmail.com Mike Kiegerl Email:jus4smk@aol.com Marvin Kleeb Email:marvin@marvinkleeb.com Peggy Mast - Speaker Pro Tem Email:pmast@me.com Tom Moxley Email:tmoxley@tctelco.net Tom Phillips Email:tphillips3@cox.net Melissa Rooker melissa@melissarooker.com Don Schroeder dnjschroeder@gmail.com Tom Sloan Email:glsloan_ks@yahoo.com Charles Smith Email:chuck.smith@house.ks.gov Susie Swanson svswan@twinvalley.net Let's hope Brownback signs it.
  • Mayor takes stand against Muslim Shariah courts

    03/25/2015 8:04:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 3/25/2015 | Leo Hohmann
    When a group of imams tried to bring a form of “Shariah light” to Texas, they met an unlikely foe – Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne. Now, Van Duyne has been thrust into the national media spotlight, and her city is being called “ground zero” in the battle to prevent Islamic law from gaining a foothold, no matter how small, in the U.S. legal system. Van Duyne’s name and picture has popped up on Facebook pages and Twitter feeds across America in recent days, casting her with equal enthusiasm as villain or hero, depending on one’s political outlook. She’s either...
  • Time For a Serious Discussion on Secession

    03/24/2015 3:37:05 AM PDT · by Bill Russell · 104 replies
    Liberty Shrugs ^ | 03/24/2015 | PUBLIUS
    My Fellow FREEPERs, It is with a heavy heart, I have undertaken to start a serious national discussion on secession as, perhaps, the only means by which we can restore the balance to our nation and preserve for our posterity the freedoms given to us by our Founding Fathers and passed down to us for the last 239 years. I have reached the conclusion that our nation has passed the tipping point which the Founding Fathers and Alexis de Toqueville warned us would lead to the death of our republic: when a majority of people believe they can continuously vote...
  • An American Renaissance

    03/23/2015 6:10:49 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 23 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | February 2, 2015 | Lawrence Sellin PhD
    The Obama years will be forever known as the Dark Ages of US history, a time of political, cultural and economic deterioration. We have yet to see if they will lead to the fall of the American republic. In the Obama years, the lie became not only a campaign strategy or a means to enact damaging policies, but an institution of government; the Presidency itself, a lie of monstrous proportions guarded by the complicit and the willingly ignorant. In the Obama years, the Congress finally clearly demonstrated that although we have elections, there is no longer a government representing its...
  • Walter Williams: What's Gone Wrong With Democracy?

    03/23/2015 10:43:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 114 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 25, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    The Economist magazine recently published "What's gone wrong with Democracy ... and what can be done to revive it?" The suggestion is that democracy is some kind of ideal for organizing human conduct. That's a popular misconception. The ideal way to organize human conduct is to create a system that maximizes personal liberty for all. Liberty and democracy are not synonymous and most often are opposites. In Federalist Paper No. 10, James Madison explained, "Measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an...
  • How America is Being Fundamentally Changed

    03/22/2015 2:59:37 PM PDT · by LiviaS · 14 replies
    As published in Palm Desert Patch By Livia Sappington on September 30, 2011 Republishing here now to keep the discussion going and fuel the resistance against "Fundamentally Changing the United States of America". ~~~~~~~~~~~~ How does socialism 'happen?' Read about how seemingly "nice","just", and politically correct ideas can be unfair and jeopardize freedom itself. I am an immigrant from a formerly socialist country who now lives in Rancho Mirage. I arrived in the United States on March 12, 1974. It's been a long journey. If you had my background, you would understand my concerns for the seeping of socialist policies...
  • Don't let Florida fall for the big con (Anti Convention of States fear tactics here)

    03/20/2015 7:25:15 AM PDT · by GILTN1stborn · 56 replies
    National Association for Gun Rights ^ | 03/20/2015 05:03:38 am | Dudley Brow
    If only the Founders were as smart and trustworthy as today’s politicians, then we wouldn’t have all the problems we see nowadays.” No, that’s not a talking point from anti-gun nanny staters like BILLIONAIRE anti-gun activist Michael Bloomberg or even President Obama. I’m afraid it’s pure snake oil being peddled by professional “conservative” charlatans -- with help from a handful of political celebrities who should know better -- demanding a state-initiated Article V Constitutional Convention. I’ve ignored the Constitutional Convention con (more aptly named "Con-Con") job until now -- hoping and praying it would just fall flat before it gained...
  • Beck out of GOP: Why leaving is not enough

    03/20/2015 7:00:57 AM PDT · by iontheball · 25 replies
    WND ^ | March 19, 2015 | Alan Keyes
    I was deep in the throes of thinking through the remainder of my column on building an alternative to the elitist faction’s sham two-party system when an email drew my attention to a WND story with the headline “‘Glenn Beck: I’m done with ‘not good’ GOP.’” The sub-head read “Declares he is no longer a Republican.” As the saying goes, truth in advertising requires that I declare my biases upfront. I don’t trust Glenn Beck. He’s one of those people who strikes conservative poses on issues here and there, but expresses the utmost contempt for the issues of constitutional principle...
  • A little-noted masterpiece of constitutional scholarship by Justice Thomas

    03/20/2015 5:10:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/20/15 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Everything you really need to know about the Constitution (and that’s barely an exaggeration) -- why it is structured the way it is, what led to it, its purposes -- is found in pages 2 – 12 of the March 9 concurring opinion by Justice Thomas in the Dept of Transportation v Assn of American Railroads case. Although it received little media attention, Justice Thomas has provided us a masterpiece of constitutional thinking, explaining why “administrative law” -- the practice of delegating to bureaucrats the making and enforcement of rules with the force of law – is so profoundly unconstitutional....
  • Why the 14th Amendment can't possibly require same-sex marriage

    03/19/2015 10:46:30 AM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Frank Turek
    Does the U.S. Constitution require same-sex marriage? No, the U.S. Constitution requires the Court to leave this issue to the states. If you believe otherwise, then amend the Constitution.The Supreme Court is about to decide if the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution requires the states to redefine marriage to include same-sex relationships. There are several reasons why the answer is no.The most decisive of these reasons is the fact that when the 14th Amendment was passed in 1868, homosexual behavior was a felony in every state in the union. So if the 14th Amendment was intended to require...
  • Obama Proposes Reverse Poll Tax

    03/19/2015 10:38:27 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 28 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | March 19, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    Yesterday President Obama suggested that he might support a mandatory voting law. In Obama’s mind such a law would be “transformative” and it would reduce the power of money in politics. It would obviously be transformative in that tends of millions more people would be voting. There seem to be two sorts of people who don’t vote: People who view their failure to vote as a vote against everyone running and those who are completely disengaged from politics. Most fall into the latter category. It would certainly be transformative if tens of millions of disengaged citizens were forced to vote....
  • Why the 14th Amendment Can’t Possibly Require Same-Sex Marriage

    03/18/2015 7:34:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/17/2015 | Frank Turek
    The Supreme Court is about to decide if the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution requires the states to redefine marriage to include same sex relationships. There are several reasons why the answer is no. The most decisive of these reasons is the fact that when the 14th Amendment was passed in 1868, homosexual behavior was a felony in every state in the union. So if the 14th Amendment was intended to require same-sex marriage, then every state in the union intended to throw the new couple into prison as soon as the marriage was consummated! Some may say,...
  • Obama’s Law School Professor: EPA Is ‘Burning The Constitution’

    03/17/2015 10:01:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller News ^ | 03/17/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    resident Obama has found himself at odds with his old law school mentor over the Environmental Protection Agency. Laurence Tribe, a liberal constitutional scholar at Harvard University, told House lawmakers that EPA carbon dioxide regulations are tearing the Constitution apart. “EPA possesses only the authority granted to it by Congress,” Tribe told lawmakers in a hearing Tuesday. “Its gambit here raises serious questions under the separation of powers… because EPA is attempting to exercise lawmaking power that belongs to Congress and judicial power that belongs to the federal courts.” “Burning the Constitution should not become part of our national energy...
  • A Pox on Politicians

    03/17/2015 9:46:26 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/17/15 | Alan Caruba
    Congress, elected to resist a President who has demonstrated his ignorance and indifference to the Constitution. Nobody likes politicians, but everybody votes for them. Perhaps the most quintessential American theme throughout its history has been the role politicians have played in creating it—we call them our Founding Fathers—and the endless role of those who have wanted to take us in the wrong direction or at least tried to. I have known a few politicians and some were very good men and others reflected the very human goal of gaining wealth and power. The fact that voters have often made some...
  • The Democratic Party is facing a Catholic apocalypse - “Tea Party-ization” of white Catholics

    03/15/2015 11:12:23 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    Salon ^ | March 15, 205
    It’s one of the central contradictions of American politics: that there’s no such thing as the “Catholic vote,” yet the Catholics vote still matters. There’s no “Catholic vote” in terms of Catholics representing an electoral bloc that votes according to what their bishops tell them, or in lockstep with the tenets of their religion. Yet winning Catholic voters has been essential to almost every presidential victory in modern times. And the defection of Catholics voters has played a role in some of the most consequential congressional turnovers in recent history — from 1994 to 2014 — making Catholics the ultimate...
  • Article V and the John Birch Society: Allies Separated By A Common Goal (Vanity)

    03/14/2015 8:43:48 AM PDT · by Strawberry AZ · 85 replies
    Vanity ^ | 04-14-2015 | Michael Alexander (Vanity)
    Of the many people I've met over the last two years who are opponents of an Article V Convention of States to Propose Amendments to the Constitution, one of my greatest regrets is that there are many with whom I would most likely agree on virtually every other issue in modern-day political discourse. Many of them, however, almost proudly admit that their positions on a COS are rooted in a decades-old fear of the unknown and an inability to trust their fellow citizens, while most COS proponents put their faith in stringent, new safeguards and an optimistic view of the...
  • Iran Instructs U.S. to Bypass Congress on Deal, Go to U.N.

    03/13/2015 2:44:30 PM PDT · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 13, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    The Iranian government is urging the United States to go straight to the United Nations to finalize any agreement reached in the coming weeks regarding Tehran’s contested nuclear program without seeking congressional approval. Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and top negotiator, suggested in a recent interview that the U.N. Security Council should be responsible for approving any agreement reached between Western powers and Tehran over its nuclear program, a proposal that the Obama administration entertained on Thursday. The State Department argues that a nonbinding agreement with Iran—one that would not be subject to congressional oversight or approval—could be more enforceable...
  • FCC: Broadband Providers Not Entitled to First Amendment Protections

    03/13/2015 6:09:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 74 replies
    CNS ^ | March 12, 2015 | Rudy Takala
    Two weeks after passage, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) finally released its landmark “net neutrality” regulations Thursday morning. Among its many determinations, the FCC stated that broadband providers do not enjoy First Amendment protections because they do not have a right to free speech. “The rules we adopt today do not curtail broadband providers’ free speech rights,” the commission said on page 268 of its decision, noting that because they merely serve as a means for others to express themselves, broadband providers are not entitled to free speech rights themselves. “When engaged in broadband Internet access services, broadband providers are...
  • Why wouldn't Obama stick around? ...BHO won't easily give up 6 free vacations a year (Will he?)

    03/12/2015 8:19:17 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 28 replies
    WND ^ | March 10, 2015 | Joseph Farah
    How many vacations have you taken in the last six years? Have you taken six? I doubt most Americans have been able to do that. For families, it might be even tougher. Do you know how many Barack Obama has taken? 38. That’s right. That’s more than six vacations per year – all expenses paid by you the taxpayer. And these are not your routine week-at-the-beach excursions. These would almost all be vacations of a lifetime for even very wealthy Americans. He and the first family, God love them, are living it up on your dime. And because presidential family...
  • Congratulations, University of Oklahoma, In Your Outrage You Just Violated the Law

    03/11/2015 6:49:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/11/2015 | David French
    This week several University of Oklahoma frat boys were caught on tape singing a vile, racist song (and, no, it wasn’t “unconscious” racism or “coded” racism — it was straight up segregation-era hate). The video triggered a tidal wave of outrage on and off campus. A top football recruit “de-committed” to OU and committed to Alabama, the national fraternity expelled the local OU chapter, and students, coaches, professors, and administrators marched in protest. To this point, the matter is rather simple. The SAE students engaged in racist expression, and private citizens countered with expression of their own — doing what...
  • Obama, Iranian official slam GOP letter on deal (Priceless!)

    03/09/2015 8:08:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | March 9, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)President Barack Obama slammed Republican senators who penned a letter attempting to warn Iran that any pending nuclear agreement will face their scrutiny, claiming they were aligning themselves with Iranian "hard-liners." "I think it's somewhat ironic to see some members for Congress wanting to make common cause with the hard-liners in Iran. It's an unusual coalition," Obama said Monday ahead of a meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk. "I think what we're going to focus on right now is actually seeing whether we're going to get a deal or not. Once we do, if we do, we'll be able...
  • Top 10 liberal lies about the Constitution

    03/08/2015 7:48:37 AM PDT · by aquapub · 35 replies
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 3/8/15 | Robert Moon
    It is a matter of record that the Constitution was ratified as a strict, narrowly-defined enumeration of federal powers. Anything not specifically spelled out in it as a federal power is a federal power that does not exist, and that must be left to the state and local levels. The Framers identified each Congressional power in Article I, Section 8 (why would they do this if the General Welfare and Commerce clauses granted Congress a blank check to do whatever it wants?), and even added the 10th Amendment to further clarify that this is all it is authorized to do...
  • Coburn: Convention of States Needed Because Washington Will Never Fix Itself

    03/05/2015 10:54:59 PM PST · by Art in Idaho · 55 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | March 5, 2015 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    “Washington is never going to fix itself,” said former Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), explaining why he intends to spend the next few years trying to “cheat history” by helping to organize the nation’s first-ever Convention of the States. The purpose of the convention will be to rein-in a federal “leviathan” that he says has overstepped its constitutional bounds. Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, two-thirds of the state legislatures can call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution that limit the scope and jurisdiction of the federal government. Alaska, Florida and Georgia passed Article V resolutions last year....
  • Our President and the Constitution: Barack Obama has gone rogue

    03/05/2015 10:28:34 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 45 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 5, 2015 | By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    Can the president rewrite federal laws? Can he alter their meaning? Can he change their effect? These are legitimate questions in an era in which we have an unpopular progressive Democratic president who has boasted that he can govern without Congress by using his phone and his pen, and a mostly newly elected largely conservative Republican Congress with its own ideas about big government. These are not hypothetical questions. In 2012, President Obama signed executive orders that essentially said to about 1.7 million unlawfully present immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before their 16th birthdays and who are not yet...
  • VIDEO: Constitutional Refresher for Obama: You Don’t Have the Power to Make a Deal with Iran Alone

    03/05/2015 6:09:10 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    03/05/2015 | Greta Van Susteren
    Watch my “Off the Record” comment from last night’s ON THE RECORD and tell me what you think! Iran, Off the Record, ON THE RECORD, On the Record at 7, OTR, politics, President Obama See more  Videos
  • The Constitutional Flaw That Doomed Our Federal System

    03/04/2015 7:54:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    Ricochet ^ | March 4, 2015 | Fredösphere
    Instead of watching helplessly as our republic devolves into crown government, let’s distract ourselves with a counterfactual. What if senators were appointed by state legislatures for indefinite terms?The Senate was designed to preserve the federal nature of our system. Members of the House represent the people, but the Senators were to represent the states — really, state governments.Had this worked, the people would have benefited. (Sometimes, you win by grabbing all the power, but sometimes you win by ceding power to critical allies. The states were the people’s only allies in the War Against the Feds.) Unfortunately, senators came to...
  • So you want to nullify violations of the Constitution?

    03/04/2015 7:29:06 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    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 · 8 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 · 41 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 · 65 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 Blog ^ | 03/02/2015 | Nick
    <p>Gone are the days in which we once cherished the delicate balance between government authority and individual liberty.</p> <p>Our Constitution, that once connected one generation to the next by restraining the excess of the present, is being erased.</p> <p>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.</p>
  • 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 · 45 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...