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  • Caught On Tape: What Happens When You Try To Exercise Your Constitutional Rights In Illinois

    09/23/2014 1:10:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 9/23/14 | Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,
    What follows is the most powerful recorded police checkpoint scene I have witnessed since posting: Extremely Powerful Video – Happy 4th of July from a Police State Checkpoint, last summer. While the former incident happened in Tennessee, the following occurred in Illinois. The American pleb who was accosted by Illinois State Police was DeKalb resident Ryan Scott. While it starts off slow, make sure you watch it all the way to the end. While one of the the police officers is reasonable, the other one can’t stop yelling and seems to derive a particular pleasure from repeatedly informing the citizen...
  • Tea Party’s horrifying cousin: Here comes “constitutional conservatism”

    08/11/2014 6:11:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 55 replies
    salon.com ^ | 8/11/14 | Heather Digby Parton
    The emerging conventional wisdom that the Tea Party is being vanquished by the GOP establishment, based solely on the fact they are beating primary challengers, is exceedingly myopic. If you believe that, you have a very superficial view of what constitutes “winning.” These primaries are forcing the allegedly mainstream candidates to move far to the right and the performance of the past few years proves that when this happens the Party stays far right as a result of this threat. Primaries can be very effective tools if used properly — and if they are backed up by money and influence,...
  • UPDATE: MO RKBA Amendment Could Lead to Constitutional Carry

    08/07/2014 9:27:36 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 7 replies
    The Truth About Guns.com ^ | 6AUG2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Missouri’s Constitutional Amendment 5 passed yesterday with 62% of the vote and 3712 of 3898 precincts reported. It’s a clear statement of support for the right to keep and bear arms, clarifying that it’s a fundamental right; that it protects ammunition and accessories as well as firearms, and that the state is obligated to protect that right. The amendment could lead to the Show Me State becoming a constitutional carry (no permit or license required to keep or bear arms) state like Vermont and Arizona . . . First, here’s the ballot question and the actual amendment: Official Ballot Measure...
  • Corwin Amendment The ‘Ghost Amendment’ That Haunts Lincoln’s Legacy

    06/16/2014 6:04:34 PM PDT · by riverss · 89 replies
    cognoscenti ^ | Mon, Feb 18, 2013 | Richard Albert
    The Corwin Amendment read as follows: No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State. The Corwin Amendment was an effort to placate the South and contain secessionist sentiment. It proposed to do three things. First, to protect slavery by giving each state the power to regulate the “domestic institutions” within its borders. This was an enticing carrot for the slave states: stay in the Union...
  • NAPOLITANO: When the president disregards the law

    06/05/2014 1:34:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-4-14 | Andrew Napolitano
    On the same weekend that the secretary of veterans affairs resigned amid the scandal of veterans dying before the government’s doctors could treat them in government hospitals; on the heels of another revelation of the National Security Agency’s unconstitutional spying, in which federal agents have been seizing the digital images of our loved ones and friends that have accompanied our emails; and a week after the White House intentionally or negligently revealed the true identity of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan, President Obama announced a new foreign-policy initiative called “No One Left Behind.” The reference was to the sole...
  • Breaking the Constitution – National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

    05/03/2014 6:53:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2014 | Hank Adler
    Just another group of New York lawyers: “Let’s see if we can find a loophole in the Constitution of the United States and amend the Constitution without a Constitutional Amendment.” “Let’s skip any vote required by Congress, let’s skip the required vote of the states and let’s skip a Constitutional Convention --- oh, and let’s not even ask the people of New York.” Looking for a loophole. That is what we just love about lawyers, isn’t it? Governor Cuomo has signed, on behalf of the people of New York, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. This Compact would result in...
  • Did Michigan Just Trigger 'Constitutional Convention'? Bid Gains Steam

    04/11/2014 1:32:11 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 96 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/2/14 | Barnini Chakraborty
    Momentum is building behind what would be an unprecedented effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, through a little-known provision that gives states rather than Congress the power to initiate changes. At issue is what's known as a "constitutional convention," a scenario tucked into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. At its core, Article V provides two ways for amendments to be proposed. The first – which has been used for all 27 amendment to date – requires two-thirds of both the House and Senate to approve a resolution, before sending it to the states for ratification. The Founding Fathers, though,...
  • BEN SASSE RELEASES "CONSTITUTIONAL MADNESS" BRACKET TO HIGHLIGHT OBAMA'S LAWLESSNESS

    03/21/2014 6:25:30 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 21, 2014 | Breitbart Sports
    Conservative Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse, who has been surging since being labeled the anti-Obamacare candidate, has released a "Constitutional Madness" bracket to highlight the lawlessness of the Obama administration. "Which is President Obama's worst constitutional violation?" the bracket says. "Make your picks!"
  • Jonathan Turley: We are now at a constitutional tipping point in our system

    02/26/2014 7:37:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 317 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/26/14 | Washington Free Beacon Washington Free Beacon
    Jonathan Turley: We are now at a constitutional tipping point in our system February 26, 2014 www.FreeBeacon.com
  • Boehner Blames Trust Gap With Obama For Immigration Stalemate

    02/07/2014 11:09:45 AM PST · by EBH · 52 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/6/2014 | John Parkinson, Mary Bruce
    “One of the biggest obstacles we face is the one of trust,” Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters at a news conference Thursday. “There’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws and it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes.” Illustrating that distrust, Boehner pointed to Obama’s unilateral moves to change the timeline for implementing the new health care law and the president’s widely publicized intent to circumvent Congress on several other issues through executive orders. “I never underestimated the difficulty in moving forward this year [on immigration reform] and the...
  • Obama to Assert Unilateral Agenda (Unprecedented Constitutional Challenge Looming)

    01/27/2014 4:11:48 AM PST · by lbryce · 115 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 27, 2014 | Carol E. Lee and Damian Paletta
    President to Seek to Use State of the Union Address to Shift Souring View of Leadership President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night will seek to shift the public's souring view of his leadership, a challenge the White House sees as critical to shaping the nation's policy direction over the next three years. Mr. Obama will emphasize his intention to use unilateral presidential authority—bypassing Congress when necessary—to an extent not seen in his previous State of the Union speeches, White House officials said.
  • Property Rights Bill Provides Protection for Virginia Landowners

    01/22/2014 5:09:22 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 4 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | January 22, 2014 | Shelby Mertens
    Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, has introduced a bill that would give farmers and landowners’ property rights remedies against local zoning laws. The bill is inspired by the Martha Boneta debacle last year. But unlike last year’s “Boneta Bill,” HB1219 extends beyond farmers to anyone who owns property. The bill also tackles other issues such as the constitutional rights of farmers. HB1219 says that local governments that violate constitutional rights through zoning must pay their victims the amount of the fines they sought to impose and the actual damages, including attorney fees. The bill also allows the Virginia Attorney General to...
  • Court ruling overturns Net Neutrality, threatens online access, experts warn

    01/14/2014 11:12:55 PM PST · by KTM rider · 47 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published January 14, 2014 | Fox News Staff
    Thanks for watching that YouTube video! That will be 50 cents, please. Sound unrealistic? It's actually a distinct possibility, after a Federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down an FCC ruling meant to prevent an Internet service provider -- the company you pay for online access -- from prioritizing some website traffic over others. And because that rule was wiped off the books, those ISPs are suddenly able to do just that. With service providers suddenly able to charge based on the type of content you watch or the sites you visit, it's easy to imagine a system like that...
  • U.S. Judge Upholds Most New York Gun Limits (Dated December 31, 2013)

    01/13/2014 5:36:30 AM PST · by lbryce · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 31, 2013 | Thomas Kaplan
    A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that New York’s strict new gun laws, including an expanded ban on assault weapons, were constitutional, but struck down a provision forbidding gun owners to load more than seven rounds into a magazine. The ruling offered a victory to gun control advocates at the end of a year in which efforts to pass new legislation on the federal level suffered a high-profile defeat in Congress, although some new restrictions were approved in state capitals. The judge, William M. Skretny of Federal District Court in Buffalo, said expanded bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines...
  • Not Yours to Give (The Video)

    09/25/2013 9:48:26 AM PDT · by ru4liberty · 23 replies
    PA Pastors ^ | Davy Crockett
    Do you have 22 1/2 minutes to invest in this reminder of how we have gotten so far off-course from the original founding of our nation? P.S. I know this information has been posted on FR before, but I couldn't find a video version. This posting is for those who learn and retain information better by way of a visual/audio presentation.
  • JESSE JACKSON: We have no Constitutional Right to Vote

    08/21/2013 5:26:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Politisite ^ | 8/21/13
    Rev Jesse Jackson Sr@RevJJackson We still have no constitutional right to vote. Surely, that is the next step toward the dream. 11:00 AM - 21 Aug 2013 But haven’t Democrats been pushing that one doesn’t need an ID to vote because,  voting is a constitutional right?Everyone knows that since gun ownership is a constitutional right, you don’t need ID to purchase one. It’s not the first sentence of Jackson’s tweet — “We still have no constitutional right to vote” — that is problematic. It’s the second one: “Surely, that is the next step toward the dream.”More than 126 million Americans...
  • Gun bill supporters struggling to round up Senate votes

    04/16/2013 12:41:06 PM PDT · by BornToBeAmerican · 2 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 16, 2013
    Supporters of the controversial firearms bill are struggling to round up the necessary 60 votes to advance the package, underscoring the lingering resistance on the Hill to anything seen to infringe on Second Amendment rights -- despite last week's victory on a procedural vote. The Senate bill advanced last week on a 68-31 vote. But Democratic leaders will likely have to round up a minimum of 60 votes at least once more, and many of the 16 Republicans who joined Democrats last week are backing away. The latest is Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who said Tuesday he opposes a vital...
  • 5 Justices Skeptical of Ban on Benefits to Gay Spouses

    03/27/2013 11:07:32 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | March 27, 2013 | ADAM LIPTAK and PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — A majority of the justices on Wednesday questioned the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, as the Supreme Court took up the volatile issue of same-sex marriage for a second day. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, widely considered the swing vote on the divided court, joined the four liberals in posing skeptical questions to a lawyer defending the law, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman for the purposes of more than 1,000 federal laws and programs. “The question is whether or not the federal government under a federalism system has...
  • Obama's Staff Use Autopen To Sign 'Fiscal Cliff' Legislation

    01/03/2013 2:14:50 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 59 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/3 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama's staff used an autopen (a machine that mimics one's signature) to sign the "fiscal cliff" legislation that Congress passed on New Year's Day. There was no ceremony or photo-op for the autopen bill signing.
  • Vanity

    11/29/2012 12:43:13 PM PST · by FloridaGeezer · 14 replies
    I tried to post this vanity a week or so ago but was refused publication. This is my second attempt. If the United States is ever going to control the war-like actions of our president we must pass a law could throw him out of office rather quickly. My proposal is that any legislator could call for the impeachment and removal from office if he/she has not sought congressional approval of the use of our military within 30 days.
  • Justice Scalia on Restoring the Constitution: "I don't know that I'm optimistic."

    11/08/2012 6:36:21 PM PST · by SC_Pete · 77 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said recently that--"especially after last term"--he does not know if he is confident the Constitution can be restored to its original meaning. He likened his own efforts to do so to the character "Frodo" in the Lord of the Rings, who fights the good fight not certain he will win. While discussing his new book Reading Law at Stanford University on Oct. 19, the Hoover Institution’s Peter Robinson quoted to Scalia a passage from Scalia's book, Reading Law: "Originalism does not always provide an easy answer, or even a clear one. Originalism is...
  • Dan Bongino, a U.S. Senate candidate who believes in the constitution and LIBERTY

    03/29/2012 8:20:43 PM PDT · by MyDogAteMyBallot · 2 replies
    mydogatemyballot ^ | 03/11/2012 | mydogatemyballot
    Every American needs a United States Senator who can articulate and passionately fight for a return to constitutional government and economic freedom. I met such a candidate a few weeks ago in the person of Dan Bongino, seeking to unseat Maryland's Ben Cardin in the U.S. Senate. In Dan's words, "The ability to take your money is the ability to take everything you represent. If they take everything you make, you don’t work for yourself. That’s called servitude. That’s not liberty.... Their fair share is EVERYTHING...they believe if they regulate you to death and can tax you at confiscatory rates,...
  • Day Two: Is the Mandate Constitutional?

    03/27/2012 7:44:07 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 3/27/2012 | Kate Hicks
    And now, for the main event. Today, the Court tackles the individual mandate, and whether Congress has taken a step too far by enacting it. The question is basic: Is the individual mandate constitutional? The consequences are heady. Whichever way the Court decides will have a critical effect on the scope of Congress’ power – and possibly, our freedom. What’s At Stake? The individual mandate – or, as the federal government will call it, the “minimum coverage provision” – has been under fire ever since the inception of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in 2009. The political Left...
  • The Vetting: Obama Teaches Constitutional Law -- Part II

    03/15/2012 8:55:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/15/12 | Ben Shapiro
    Yesterday, we explored President Barack Obama’s teachings at the University of Chicago Law School from 1996. (Snip) Question 2 is even more interesting, and sheds light on how deeply Obama was influenced by Derrick Bell's Critical Race Theory. This question concerns a fictional "Mayor Dudley Duright," the first African-American mayor of Wazoo City. The population of the city is 50 percent black and 50 percent white, and highly segregated. The Mayor decides to deal with two issues: racial disparities in city contracting, and racial disparities in the city’s Fire Department (foreshadowing the Ricci case, in which Justice Sonia Sotomayor was
  • The Vetting: Obama Teaches Constitutional Law -- Part I

    03/15/2012 10:07:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/15/12 | Ben Shapiro
    Let’s take a trip via the wayback machine to the hallowed classrooms of the University of Chicago Law School. The year is 1996, and a young lecturer named Barack Obama is teaching constitutional law to a group of students. His first final exam question is about whether homosexuals can be barred from receiving state health care coverage for their infertility treatments. The question deals with a hypothetical lesbian couple that wants to have a baby. Their state prevents health providers from providing infertility treatments for unwed couples; the couple’s state-provided healthcare therefore refuses them coverage for such procedures Obama then...
  • Cheer-up, America! The Case for American Optimism

    10/21/2011 4:21:54 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2011 | Brad Lips
    Obama won the 2008 election by default, but believed he won with a mandate to implement progressive dreams. In pursuing an aggressively leftist agenda, he has done these United States a profound service; he has clarified the fundamental ideological battle at the heart of all politics -- statism vs. individualism -- and dramatized the results that flow from such statist public policies. As a result, the American people are angrier than ever with politicians of both parties. As I say, this is a very positive development. More Americans are focused on issues of Constitutional principle than ever before. They have...
  • High school cancels ‘partisan’ Constitution Day

    10/06/2011 11:02:15 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies
    High school cancels ‘partisan’ Constitution Day Alex Pappas -- The Daily Caller 52 mins ago Conservatives in Georgia are outraged that a speaker’s Constitution Day presentation was canceled at a local high school after complaints from Democrats. The reason behind the complaints is that Mark Fritz, the man who volunteered to do the presentation to the students during the week of Sept. 17, is a member of the local tea party. Pickens County High Principal Eddie McDonald eventually agreed to stop Fritz from speaking after being bombarded with emails and phone calls, he said. McDonald told the Pickens County Progress...
  • Constitutional Money: Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    08/07/2011 11:05:48 PM PDT · by Buchal · 11 replies
    [Remarks of RHH prepared for GATA Gold Rush 2011, The Savoy Hotel, London, England, August 4-6, 2011] "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" may in certain situations be an appropriate response, but not to violations of the United States Constitution, particularly by those sworn to uphold it. Prior to the Civil War, no one -- least of all the framers of the Constitution -- would have doubted Daniel Webster's 1836 statement on the Senate floor:[1] "Most unquestionably there is no legal tender, and there can be no legal tender, in this country, under the authority of this Government or any other, but...
  • Can this child be POTUS?

    04/24/2011 8:22:20 PM PDT · by impimp · 89 replies
    Vanity ^ | 24 April 2011 | myself
    A child was born in US after both parents commenced H1B VISA, but prior to receiving Green card, and prior to parents receiving citizenship. But citizenship and Green card are likely to be received within a few years.
  • New Black Panthers Plan Massive Egypt-Style Protest & Boycott of ‘Non-Blacks’

    04/22/2011 5:59:41 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 104 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 19, 2011 | Jonathon M. Seidl,
    The New Black Panther Party, the racist and radical black power group, has a big day ahead of it this coming Saturday. According to its website, it’s planning a massive 60-city “showdown.” And the day of rage will include a protest of “non-black” businesses. The group says it’s establishing a home base at an office building in Harlem, an area it’s modeling after revolutionary ground zero in Egypt. The site goes on to explain why its rallying: As in other revolutions, protests and uprisings going on around the earth, a showdown is looming for Saturday April 23rd as marchers with...
  • Flushing Out RINOs, Neo-cons, Faux Conservatives, Controlled Opposition, and the Clueless

    04/17/2011 1:26:10 PM PDT · by johnsmom · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/17/2011 | Jim O'Neill
    The existence of the United States as a free republic under the rule of Constitutional law, hinges on how “we the people” deal with the the issue of Obama’s eligibility to be POTUS. Remolding the US Constitution into a “living” constitution, a “plastic” constitution, a changeable constitution, is to destroy the Constitution, and the United States as a free republic. Make no mistake, the question of Obama’s eligibility to be POTUS is of vital importance, and seeing as Donald Trump is the ONLY figure of national stature to address the issue, it is incumbent on every constitutional conservative (read that...
  • Obama's ineligibility and Republican eunuchs

    04/17/2011 5:43:34 AM PDT · by mitch77 · 55 replies
    QUOTE: "The political elite and the MSM are doing everything possible to suppress discussion of Obama’s ineligibility, pretend that we are not in a Constitutional crisis and allow him to contest the 2012 election"...... This sentence is an outright lie.
  • VIDEO: Senator Rand Paul On Obama's Libya Action

    03/29/2011 5:18:13 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 12 replies
    The Hope for America ^ | March 28, 2011 | Rand Paul
    VIDEO HERE.
  • Constitutional Carry Signed into Law in Wyoming

    03/03/2011 4:58:37 AM PST · by Big Labor Hater · 1 replies
    Ammoland.com ^ | 3-2-11 | Ammoland.com
    http://www.ammoland.com/2011/03/02/constitutional-carry-now-the-law-in-wyoming/
  • Republicans launch bill to jail Muslims who follow Sharia law

    03/01/2011 8:36:20 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 12:23 AM on 2nd March 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A conservative group has put together the boldest legal attempt yet to limit how Muslims worship in America. The Tennessee group, led by Republican Senator Bill Ketron, 57, has proposed a bill to make following some versions of Sharia law a crime punishable by 15 years in jail. They are concerned extremist Muslims want Sharia to supersede the Constitution, but the bill would probably face steep constitutional hurdles if it is enacted.
  • Is Queen Rania the Next Target of Middle Eastern Violence?

    02/11/2011 12:53:11 PM PST · by robowombat · 29 replies · 3+ views
    The Stir Blog ^ | February 9, 2011 | Sasha Brown-Worsham
    Is Queen Rania the Next Target of Middle Eastern Violence? Posted by Sasha Brown-Worsham on February 9, 2011 at 1:25 PM Comments (4)| Likes (5) Share 18 Queen Rania of Jordan is undoubtedly an international celebrity. Most of this is due to her marked beauty and taste for fine things. But her lavish lifestyle may soon come to end as Jordan is showing some signs that it could be the next Egypt or Tunisia. Recent revolts, like the ones that took out Tunisia's Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and currently threaten Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak, have been played out on...
  • Egyptians' Constitutional Rights are Mostly the Same as Ours...on Paper

    02/05/2011 5:38:35 AM PST · by Son House · 12 replies
    Minnesota Post ^ | Feb 4 2011 | By Eric Black
    Egypt is a constitutional republic, in the relatively unimportant sense that its full legal name is the Arab Republic of Egypt and that it has a constitution. The Constitution has a bill of rights. It turns out that Egyptians have most of the constitutional rights that Americans have (in the relatively unimportant sense that the Constitution of Egypt says they have the right to free speech, press, religion and peaceful assembly and cannot be subjected to arbitrary arrest) and many that we don’t, for example, (and I am not making this up) the Constitution explicitly prohibits torture (ours does not)....
  • EDITORIAL: No safety in Shariah--Political correctness puts women at risk

    01/28/2011 4:37:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 28, 2011 | Editorial
    The barbaric Middle Eastern practice of honor killing has made an appearance on our shores. It happens when men murder members of their own family to avenge purported slights against Islam. For instance, Pakistan-born Muzzammil Hassan allegedly beat and then beheaded his wife Aasiya in Buffalo, N.Y. on Feb. 12, 2009. Six days earlier, Aasiya announced her intention to file for divorce and obtained a restraining order. In another example, Iraq-born Faleh-Hassan Almaleki allegedly ran down his 20-year-old daughter Noor with his Jeep Cherokee near their Phoenix home on Oct. 20, 2009. Noor was killed and the mother of her...
  • Virginia House backs constitutional amendment to limit unions

    01/18/2011 6:24:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/18/11 | Fredrick Kunkle
    Virginia House backs constitutional amendment to limit unionsBy Fredrick Kunkle Posted at 6:18 PM ET, 01/18/2011 The House of Delegates on Tuesday approved a resolution that would enshrine Virginia's "right-to-work" law in its constitution, thereby making permanent the state's traditional wariness toward the influence of labor unions. Republicans argued that Virginia's laws against compulsory union membership are key to its reputation as a business-friendly state, and that a state constitutional amendment reiterating those principles would strengthen its ability to counter recent pro-labor actions from Washington. The resolution, HJ500, sponsored by Del. Richard Bell (R-Franklin), passed 61-36. But it seems less...
  • Antonin Scalia to address Michele Bachmann’s group

    12/14/2010 3:01:00 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | December 14, 2010 | Jennifer Epstein
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will offer a primer on the separation of powers as laid out in the U.S. Constitution at the first meeting of a new group for conservative members of Congress. The Supreme Court and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) confirmed on Tuesday that the conservative justice was scheduled to speak at the inaugural meeting of the Constitutional Conservative Caucus, a group separate from the Tea Party Caucus Bachmann launched earlier this year. The new group, Bachmann says, will offer new members weekly classes on the Constitution and Declaration of Independence before they have been “co-opted into the...
  • Kill The Lame Duck

    12/20/2010 6:01:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 20, 2010 | Staff
    Governance: It is an anachronism a constitutional amendment tried to kill. It lets defeated legislators wreak political and economic havoc without consequence. Like the dodo, the lame duck should be extinct. Elections are supposed to have consequences, one of them being occasionally throwing the rascals out. Yet here the rascals we threw out on Nov. 2 are still running the roost and deciding the fate of our republic in ways we have already rejected. Enter the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ratified on Jan. 23, 1933, it was designed to end forever the excesses of lame duck sessions, but...
  • 'Inside Washington' Host: Why is it Constitutional to Force People to Buy Car Insurance

    12/18/2010 8:03:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 110 replies · 1+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 12/18/10 | Noel Sheppard
    Gordon Peterson on Friday asked either a staggeringly ignorant or intentionally provocative question. On the most recent installment of PBS's "Inside Washington," the host queried his guests, "Why is it constitutional to require Americans to buy automobile insurance but un-Constitutional to force them to buy health insurance?" (video follows with transcript and commentary): --- GORDON PETERSON, HOST: That’s Ken Cuccinelli. He’s the attorney general of Virginia. He brought the challenge to ObamaCare. The federal court and judge Henry Hudson of Virginia ruled it’s un-Constitutional to force Americans to buy health insurance, as the law mandates. Why is it constitutional to...
  • Classes Start Soon for Michele Bachmann's Constitutional Conservative Caucus

    11/11/2010 5:16:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies · 3+ views
    AOL News ^ | 11/11/10 | Andrea Stone
    Classes Start Soon for Bachmann's Constitutional Conservative CaucusAndrea Stone - Senior Washington Correspondent AOL News Updated: 8 hours 59 minutes ago WASHINGTON (Nov. 10) -- Is Glenn Beck University opening a satellite campus on Capitol Hill? If tea party darling Michele Bachmann gets her way, conservative broadcaster Sean Hannity, Fox legal analyst Andrew Napolitano and David Barton, a Christian evangelist who has said church-state separation is "a myth," will make up the faculty roster when the first classes of her new constitutional conservative caucus convene in the next Congress. The Minnesota Republican recently spoke on Beck's radio show about a...
  • State lawmakers preparing citizenship legislation (no citizenship to children of illegals)

    10/19/2010 12:30:31 PM PDT · by Justaham · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10-20-10 | PAUL DAVENPORT and AMANDA LEE MYERS
    Lawmakers in at least 14 states are collaborating on proposed legislation to deny U.S. citizenship to children of illegal immigrants, according to lawmakers, including the sponsor of Arizona's 2010 law targeting illegal immigration. "We're taking a leadership role on things that need to be fixed in America. We can't get Congress to do it," Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce, of Mesa, said Tuesday. "It's a national work group so that we have model legislation that we know will be successful, that meets the constitutional criteria." The efforts by the state legislators come amid calls to change the U.S. Constitution's 14th...
  • I Endorse Tom Tancredo for Governor of Colorado

    10/12/2010 11:59:51 AM PDT · by JSDude1 · 25 replies
    Redstate.com/eric's blog ^ | October 12, 2010 | Eric Erickson
    If you have not read Nightwister’s post you need to. If the Republicans in Colorado get less than ten percent of the vote in the gubernatorial race, the Colorado GOP will lose its privileged position in Colorado as a major party — a designation that gives it automatic ballot access. This will tremendously impact down ballot races in Colorado long term. At a time when the GOP is set to pick up the Colorado Senate seat, thanks to the stubborn stupidity of Dan Maes and his refusal to get out of the race, the GOP will win the Senate and...
  • Power to the People -- How to Balance the Budget (Cornyn wants Constitutional Convention?)

    09/16/2010 10:05:59 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 13, 2010 | By Sen. John Cornyn
    Americans are asserting their right of self-government with enthusiasm we have not seen in years. Many have participated in public rallies like those during the fight for independence more than two centuries ago. Others have made their voices heard through social networks, blogs, and other technologies of the modern era. Millions have already participated in competitive primaries across the nation. They have made clear that if Washington does not change its ways, then they will change Washington this November. The midterm elections are only one way the American people are seeking to reform their government. Earlier this year, Florida legislators...
  • Sir William Blackstone

    09/14/2010 7:10:55 AM PDT · by DariusBane · 5 replies
    The Blackstone Institute ^ | March 2005 | Blackstone Institute
    Bashing Blackstone: The Reconstructionists’ Attack in America’s Culture War [An initial version of this article was published in Rare Jewel Magazine, March-April 2005] Sir William Blackstone, the eminent Eighteenth Century English law professor and author of Commentaries on the Laws of England, has wielded incalculable effects on law in America for the past 225 years. His Commentaries were the law textbook in Great Britain and the United States well after their initial publication. “Bashing Blackstone” is an invisible but critical dimension of the Reconstructionists (liberal/activist) attack in American’s Culture War. We Constitutionalists must therefore arm ourselves with a basic knowledge...
  • Constitutional Convention Backers Want to Hijack the Tea Party Movement

    08/03/2010 10:26:06 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 36 replies · 13+ views
    JBS ^ | 30 April 2009 | swampsniper
    As most of you already know, the Tax Day Tea Parties were a huge success in terms of number of gatherings (over 850) and total numbers participating (over 1 million according to some sources). From what I observed both in person at our Appleton, Wisconsin Tax Day Tea Party and online at various websites, the Tax Day Tea Parties were, for the most part, a genuine grassroots phenomenon. Just the diversity of signs showed that no one person or organization had planned the messages on the highly individualistic signs.
  • Health care law faces first constitutional battle in Virginia courtroom

    07/01/2010 9:22:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    wapo ^ | 7/1/10 | Rosalind Helderman
    The legal challenge to the federal health care law will begin in earnest this morning, as Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli lobs the nation's first constitutional arguments against the law in a federal courtroom in Richmond. Cuccinelli and his team will get an hour to argue to a federal judge that the law is an unprecedented overreach by Washington that turns the Founders' intention for a limited federal government on its head. The Obama administration will likewise get an hour to argue Cuccinelli's suit is frivolous and should be tossed from court.
  • Sen. Nelson: ‘I Don’t Know That’ Obama Had the Constitutional Authority to Tell BP It Had

    06/18/2010 6:42:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies · 766+ views
    cns news ^ | 6/18/10 | Nicholas Ballasy
    (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) told CNSNews.com he does "not know that" President Barack Obama had the constitutional authority to tell BP to surrender its stockholders' money into an escrow account outside the company's control that would be used to pay damages to victims of the Gulf oil spill. Moreover, Nelson said the constitutional question was “not going to get answered” because BP agreed to Obama’s demand. In his Tuesday speech from the Oval Office, President Obama said, "Tomorrow, I will meet with the chairman of BP and inform him that he is to set aside whatever resources are...