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  • President Ronald Reagan Radio Address to the Nation on Prayer in Schools

    03/28/2017 11:22:29 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=39565 ^ | February 25, 1984 | President Ronald Reagan
    My fellow Americans: From the early days of the colonies, prayer in school was practiced and revered as an important tradition. Indeed, for nearly 200 years of our nation's history, it was considered a natural expression of our religious freedom. But in 1962 the Supreme Court handed down a controversial decision prohibiting prayer in public schools. Sometimes I can't help but feel the first amendment is being turned on its head. Because ask yourselves: Can it really be true that the first amendment can permit Nazis and Ku Klux Klansmen to march on public property, advocate the extermination of people...
  • Desperate Measures

    03/17/2017 10:29:41 PM PDT · by FightThoughtControl · 5 replies
    Self | 3/18/2017 | Self
    Desperate Measures For the sake of absurdity, suppose that I issue a nationwide injunction against all welfare payments because they violate fundamental American principles of self-reliance, personal responsibility, and limited government. Should our government immediately cease payments? Should it vow to appeal my ruling and to pass legislation limiting my authority? Of course not! A proper response is to laugh me out of the courtroom. Furthermore, if our government did appeal my “ruling” or pass legislation, then it would be validating my false authority and setting the precedent that some random citizen can override the duly elected Congress and president....
  • Here's Why the Ted Cruz Birther Story Isn't Going Away

    01/16/2016 2:29:17 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 64 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | 1/15/2016 | AJ Vicens
    A lawsuit was just filed questioning his eligibility to serve as president. And that's not all. It's unclear what will come of this complaint, but this isn't the only birther action that Cruz is contending with. Also on Thursday, the Arizona Republic reported that Rep. Kelly Townsend, a Republican state legislator from the Phoenix suburb of Mesa, is "circulating a measure at the Arizona legislature that would call a U.S. constitutional convention to outline what it means to be a natural-born citizen." The paper notes that Townsend hopes to get her Legislature on board before reaching out to other states,...
  • What Would the Founders Think of Defunding Obamacare?

    09/24/2013 2:14:49 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | Sept 24, 2013 | By Bruce Thornton
    A few days ago CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, speaking about the Republican House bill defunding Obamacare, commented, “Certainly not the way the Founding Fathers maybe drew this thing up.” It’s certainly a surprise to hear an anchor on CNN, an organization biased in favor of progressives, appealing to the authority of the Constitution. For a century the progressives have been telling us that the Constitution is an outmoded document from a different age, and needs to be “modernized” to meet the challenges of a new world. Listen to Woodrow Wilson in his 1913 book The New Freedom. “I am ....
  • Should 1st graders be required to know about the Code of Hammurabi? (Common Core)

    07/31/2013 9:31:04 AM PDT · by Kip Russell · 125 replies
    Engageny.org ^ | July 31, 2013 | Me
    I'll be the first to criticize public education for not being challenging enough and simply passing kids on to the next grade without teaching them anything...but is this too much for first graders? Here's a partial list of what 6 year olds will allegedly be able to do after completing this lesson plan: 2. Explain the importance of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and the use of canals to support farming and the development of the city of Babylon 4. Identify cuneiform as the system of writing used in Mesopotamia 6. Explain the significance of the Code of Hammurabi 9....
  • A proposed Constitutional amendment to RESTORE the original meaning of the Constitution

    08/03/2013 6:49:44 AM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 16 replies
    Me
    It is abundantly clear that the president, Congress and out uber-secular courts have twisted the Constitution into a pretzel. They also have completely disconnected the Constitution from the document upon which it (and ALL of our laws) were built. So, I propose this Constitutional amendment. I call it the Religious Liberty Restoration Amendment. Religious liberty being essential to the functioning of a free, Christian nation, the rights of Christians to act upon their Christian values and to proclaim the Word of God shall not be infringed. Congress shall make no law contradicting the Law of God as expressed in the...
  • 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...
  • Vanity: The Constitutional Meaning Of "Natural Born Citizen"

    01/31/2012 4:03:01 PM PST · by sourcery · 154 replies
    Vanity Essay | 31 January 2012 | sourcery
    The Constitution requires that the President of the United States must be a natural born citizen: Article II, section 1, pa. 5: "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States." If "natural born citizen" is a synonym for "citizen," then there is no reason for adding...
  • A Professor of Constitutional Law Who Dislikes the Constitution

    02/09/2011 7:22:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/7/11 | Christopher Shea
    Garrett Epps, a professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, has an essay in the Nation that attacks the overarching view of the U.S. Constitution held by members of the Tea Party, a view that could be characterized as embracing “original intent,” states’ rights, and a highly individualistic interpretation of the Second Amendment. Epps concludes with the following peroration: Ordinary Americans love the Constitution at least as much as far-right ideologues. It’s our Constitution too. It’s time to take it back.
  • The Constitution...Who Cares?

    04/20/2010 10:08:43 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 30 replies · 771+ views
    AIPNews.com ^ | April 20, 2010 | David M. Berman
    We hear a lot about the Constitution today. The “Tea Party” has been bringing up the Constitution along with many talk radio personalities like Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Lavin, and Sean Hannity. I have been writing, and speaking about the Constitution for years. But two questions must be asked; 1) Who cares? & 2) Why should we care? These are very important questions since it is clear that at least 50% of Americans are clueless (I am being generous, there are a lot more that are clueless) about the principles of liberty and the founder’s brilliance in forming our...
  • Video: Liberals Use Constitutional Interpretation to Marginalize Original Intent

    04/15/2010 11:47:08 AM PDT · by Welshman007 · 7 replies · 272+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 4/15/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    Liberals have used various means to minimize and marginalize the original intent of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution. A common method is to suggest that the meaning of the Constitution is 'open to interpretation.' Thus, the Left has convinced a gullible public that ordinary citizens need lawyers educated at Leftwing law schools to tell us what the Constitution means. And, if the Supreme Court is packed with Leftwing revisionists who give little regard to original intent, then the decisions rendered by the court will be a far cry from the philosophy of liberty espoused by the Framers. Thomas Jefferson...
  • Vitter amendment on census falls in Senate vote (Count Illegal Aliens in Census)

    11/05/2009 11:46:51 AM PST · by trumandogz · 35 replies · 1,516+ views
    Nola.com ^ | 11.5.09 | Jonathan Tilove
    Sen. David Vitter's bid to require the 2010 Census to ask all respondents about their citizenship was killed today when the Senate voted to invoke cloture and end debate on the Commerce spending bill without having to consider the Louisiana Republican's amendment. The Democratic leadership, which had been trying to block the Vitter amendment since early October, eked out a victory with the bare number of votes needed to invoke cloture, prevailing 60 to 39. Vitter's Democratic colleague, Sen. Mary Landrieu, who had been caustic in her criticism of Vitter's measure, voted with the majority. Vitter intended the citizenship count...
  • Religious Symbolism in the Great Seal of the United States

    08/20/2009 5:46:52 PM PDT · by betty boop · 23 replies · 1,667+ views
    self | August 20, 2009 | Jean F. Drew
    RELIGIOUS SYMBOLISM IN THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES The Great Seal of the United States of America is a cornerstone document in the foundation of the American Republic, created in 1782, midway between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutional Convention. Its creation was entrusted to the brilliant classical scholar Charles Thomson (1729–1824), Founding Father, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Secretary of the Continental Congress throughout its entire duration — the second-highest ranking office in the nation at that time, after only the President of the Congress. The Great Seal was approved by Congress on June...
  • Editorial Correction on 'Obama's Ungodly Youth Corp"

    04/27/2009 7:15:04 AM PDT · by OneVike · 11 replies · 1,148+ views
    Post Scripts ^ | OneVike
    In an article linked to FreeRepublic, I made an erroneous statement about the legislation (HR1388) Obama signedon April 21st. I need to clarify that statement and this is my attempt to do so. We always demand that the MSM come clean when they misrepresent facts in the way they write articles. I have come to the conclusion after thoughtful deliberation that I need to set the record straight on a claim I made in my article. What follows will be a clarification of my article about the legislation pertaining to Obama's Youth Brigade. To everyone who might have a problem...
  • "Living and breathing" vs. original intent [the Constitutionality of The Bailout and The Stimulus]

    02/05/2009 3:08:39 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 578+ views
    Renew America ^ | 2009-02-05
    BY BONNIE ALBA In just six months the so-called movers and shakers in our nation's Capitol have managed to, and continue to add to, an impossible burden of National Debt on the backs of present and future generations. In effect they have murdered the "Republic for which we stand." The most serious questions that can be asked: Does the U.S. Constitution provide the Congress and the President 1) this unprecedented power? 2) bailing out all manner of capitalist businesses, the banking system, homeowners or any other combo you might name? Throughout the 20th century, thoughtful citizens observed as Congress and...
  • Justice Clarence Thomas: How to Read the Constitution

    10/20/2008 12:34:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 1,640+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 20, 2008 | Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court
    When John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address, "Ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country," we heard his words with ears that had been conditioned to receive this message and hearts that did not resist it. We heard it surrounded by fellow citizens who had known lives of sacrifice and hardships from war, the Great Depression and segregation. All around us seemed to ingest and echo his sentiment and his words. Our country and our principles were more important than our individual wants, and by discharging our responsibilities...
  • One Nation Under God

    07/09/2008 9:10:51 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 5 replies · 151+ views
    fracturedrepublic.com ^ | July 5, 2008 | Gordon Greene
    I’d like to take a moment to say that I disagree with you… Not on everything, mind you but on something nonetheless. I figure you probably see things differently than me also. It’s how we’re made. Although we aren’t the sum of all that we are taught and our upbringing, it does play into our beliefs. We are higher than the animals in that we were made in God’s image giving us the distinct ability to make judgments based on reasoning. Sometimes this works for us, but more often than not in our fallen state, it fights against us. But...
  • The Constitution is Not a “Living, Breathing Document” (Fred fires back at Huck)

    01/18/2008 12:43:08 PM PST · by commish · 149 replies · 217+ views
    Fred08.com ^ | 18 Jan 2008 | Fred Thompson
    This morning I heard that one of the other candidates commented that the Constitution is a “living, breathing document.” Frankly, I assumed this came from Senator Clinton or Senator Obama. It is identical to what Al Gore said when he was running for President in 2000, when he said he would look for judges “who understand that our Constitution is a living, breathing document, that it was intended by our founders to be interpreted in the light of the constantly evolving experience of the American people.” Imagine my surprise when I learned that this statement actually came from my opponent,...
  • Video: Huckabee says the Constitution is a "living, breathing document"...

    01/18/2008 11:46:40 AM PST · by gridlock · 148 replies · 21,148+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 1/18/08 | Bryan
    The comment came during an interview with CNN this morning. I’m not going to rant about this. I will point out that Huckabee’s position doesn’t square up well with the Constitution’s amendment process — a process laid out precisely because it ought to be difficult to change the Constitution, but change is sometimes necessary, and it’s necessary because the Constitution isn’t a living, breathing document. If it were, as the proponents of that understanding tend to believe, you can find meanings in the penumbras of what’s actually written, meanings that might in fact be at odds with the plain understanding...
  • Democratizing the Constitution: The Failure of the Seventeenth Amendment

    10/18/2007 10:40:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies · 241+ views
    National Humanities Institute ^ | April 8, 2000 | C. H. Hoebeke
    From The Center for Constitutional Studies Democratizing the Constitution: The Failure of the Seventeenth AmendmentC. H. Hoebeke*[From HUMANITAS, Volume IX, No. 2, 1996 © National Humanities Institute, Washington, DC USA] It was with no small sense of vindication that Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan signed the proclamation of 31 May 1913, declaring the Seventeenth Amendment duly ratified and incorporated into the fundamental laws of the United States. More than twenty years earlier as a Nebraska congressman, "The Great Commoner" had joined the struggle to free the Senate from the control of corrupt state legislatures, and despite three failed campaigns for...