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  • It is time for a Convention of the States

    12/17/2014 8:35:06 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 62 replies
    Absolute Rights Blog ^ | 12/17/2014 | Posted by: Jon Dougherty
    We have some bad news for American conservatives: The leaders of our party, the once Grand Old Party, are trying to figure out a way to win elections without us, and if or when they do, they will abandon us like yesterday’s trash. If you have any question about this, you need not look any further than this National Journal story from yesterday, reporting that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has “announced” on his Facebook page that he is “actively exploring” a presidential bid in 2016. Spoiler alert: Jeb Bush is not your dad’s conservative. We’re not sure if “actively...
  • Article V – The Solution to Domination Without Fear…

    12/15/2014 2:53:12 PM PST · by Strawberry AZ · 13 replies
    Vanity | 12/15/2014 | MJ Alexander (Vanity)
    Irrespective of our political philosophy, few among us are not concerned with the conflict between the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Grandstanding has become the norm in an increasingly polarized environment, but events of late – specifically, the unilateral de-criminalization of millions of illegal aliens under the guise of prosecutorial discretion - far exceeds the usual. Atop the list of attributes that make the structure of our republican federalism the world’s benchmark for self-governance is our constitutional system of checks and balances. For almost 2Ľ centuries it has ensured against the disproportionate amassing of power by any...
  • Rand Paul Introduces Bill to Counter Obama Executive Amnesty

    12/15/2014 2:52:20 PM PST · by PapaNew · 23 replies
    The New American ^ | 12/15/2014 | Warren Mass
    Senator Rand Paul introduced the Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act on December 12. The bill (which has not yet been assigned a bill number, but has been placed on the Senate’s legislative calendar) is a companion legislation to Rep. Ted Yoho’s bill of the same name (H.R. 5759) that passed the House of Representatives on December 4, 2014 on a 219-197 vote. In a release place on his Senate webpage, Paul explained: This legislation would end President Obama’s executive action on immigration and restore the Congress’ constitutional role as the body to craft legislation. Article I of the Constitution...
  • An End to Career Politicians... (Vanity)

    12/15/2014 1:42:13 PM PST · by Strawberry AZ · 15 replies
    Vanity | 12/15/2014 | MJ Alexander (Vanity)
    Anyone looking for a good reason to support Mandatory Term Limits for all federal officials need look no further than the headlines. After the most resounding electoral triumph since 1947, Republican Congressional “leaders” were too afraid to do what they were elected to do – check the president's unilateral amnesty grant. They were too afraid to do what’s right for the country, too afraid that they won’t be re-elected. Job One for the Party Elite has become protecting their private power structure, not the Constitution. During the last legislative session here in Arizona, a majority of constitutional conservatives supported legislation...
  • Principles of constitutionalism: the primacy of the Constitution

    12/15/2014 6:42:03 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 15 replies
    Renew America ^ | 13 December 2014 | Tim Dunkin
    The United States of America are in a bad way. All around us we are seeing the fruits of a people who have forgotten the first principles that gave our nation that it had originally. We were founded as a constitutional republic. What this means is that our entire political system, in which we participate indirectly, is supposed to be governed by the Constitution. Yet, we have strayed from this, and many, many people in this nation do not even really understand either the purpose or the workings of that document, because they have never learned them, nor even thought...
  • Justice Scalia: Constitution Doesn’t Prohibit Torture

    12/14/2014 12:30:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    MediaIte ^ | 12/14/2014 | by Matt Wilstein
    In an interview with Radio Television Suisse this week following the release of Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said he doesn’t “think it’s so clear at all” that the U.S. Constitution prohibits torture, especially in the “ticking time bomb” scenarios so often cited by defenders of the “enhanced interrogation techniques.” “Listen, I think it’s very facile for people to say, ‘Oh, torture is terrible,’” Scalia told the Swiss radio network. “You posit the situation where a person that you know for sure knows the location of a nuclear bomb that has been planted in...
  • FL: Open Carry Ban may be Unconstitutional; 4th District Court to Rule

    12/13/2014 11:29:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The case started back in 2012, when Dale Lee Norman walked down the street with his pistol showing.  He had recently obtained his concealed carry permit, and did not realize that his firearm was completely exposed. He was convicted of the open carry of a firearm.  His case was appealed to the 4th Circuit court of appeals.   The state Advocate General fought very hard to keep the case from being appealed.   The issue went all the way to the State Supreme Court, which ruled for Norman, to allow the 4th Circuit to hear the case. The 4th Circuit has...
  • Why a return to federalism must include repeal of the 17th Amendment

    12/13/2014 11:05:04 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 85 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 12/13/2014 | Jon E Dougherty
    The 17th amendment has created a “winner take all” mentality in the nation’s capital, and the resulting bitterness that grips partisan Washington today is one direct result of its passage. “Interest groups understand that to impose one’s will on 300,000,000 Americans, one must influence one president, the selection of 5 supreme court justices, 51 (or 60) senators, and 218 representatives, a total of 275 individuals who live primarily in physical isolation, far away from those they govern,” says the Campaign to Restore Federalism.
  • The Government Just Grabbed Yet More Land - The Feds Now Own Close to a Third of American Soil

    12/13/2014 10:08:38 AM PST · by PapaNew · 31 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 12/13/2014 | Jim DeMint
    Editor’s note: This column was originally published Dec.. 5. On Dec. 12, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act. Page 1,163 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) states: “The land conveyed under this subsection shall be used only as a motocross, bicycle, off-highway vehicle, or stock car racing area, or for any other public purpose consistent with uses allowed under the Act of June 14, 1926 (commonly known as the ‘Recreation and Public Purposes Act’)…” You may ask yourself: What in the world does this have to do with defending America against the numerous threats we face? The...
  • Chinese lawyer detained for invoking constitution

    12/12/2014 9:30:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2014 6:17 AM EST
    At least 260 Chinese lawyers signed an open letter of protest on Friday after a fellow attorney was detained by police for defying a judge by invoking the constitutional rights of free speech and religion in court.Zhang Lei, a lawyer who drafted the open letter condemning the police action in the northeastern province of Jilin, said Zhang Keke was hauled away from the court on Thursday and detained for six hours over his statements in court while defending a member of the banned spiritual group Falun Gong. “How can a lawyer not speak of law in court? We have found...
  • What the Constitution means to Obama, and how he deals with it…

    12/11/2014 4:18:27 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 12-11-14 | The Looking Spoon
    This is sort of a companion to an earlier post…
  • SENATE HISTORY February 5, 1798 To Arrest an Impeached Senator

    12/11/2014 1:31:02 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    U.S. Senate ^ | N.D. | U.S. Senate
    1787-1800 February 5, 1798 To Arrest an Impeached Senator WilliamBlount When barely nine years old, the Senate confronted a crisis of authority. An impeached senator refused to attend his trial in the Senate chamber. Unlike the House of Representatives, or the British House of Commons, the Senate lacked a Sergeant at Arms to enforce its orders. On February 5, 1798, the Senate expanded the duties, title, and salary of its doorkeeper to create the post of Sergeant at Arms. It then directed that officer to arrest the fugitive senator—the Honorable William Blount of Tennessee (pictured). A signer of the U.S....
  • One Senator's Simple Reform that Would Shrink the Federal Budget by 1/6th -- and How it Could Pass

    12/11/2014 12:16:23 PM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 4 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-12-11 | Benjamin Weingarten
    James Buckley, former U.S. senator from New York of the Conservative Party (also the first and only senator ever elected from the Conservative Party), under secretary of state during the Reagan and Bush administrations, federal judge, and the Buckley in the landmark campaign finance decision, Buckley v. Valeo, has a plan that could singlehandedly shrink the federal budget by one-sixth, restore the balance of federalism and Constitutional order, return power to the states and the people, and in the process improve the services provided to taxpayers. The novel idea to achieve these ends is the subject of his slender but...
  • Atheists Push to Remove Language From Constitutions in States Banning Them From Public Office

    12/11/2014 8:34:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/11/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Although these bans aren't enforceable under federal law, a coalition of atheists are now lobbying to remove language from constitutions in Maryland and six other states that prevent people who do not believe in God from holding public office. Along with Maryland, the constitutions of Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas all bear language prohibiting people who do not believe in God from holding office according to The New York Times. And the Openly Secular coalition wants the language removed. "If it was on the books that Jews couldn't hold public office, or that African-Americans or women...
  • Stop President Obama’s Illegal Immigration Action in Court

    12/11/2014 7:39:38 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    ACLJ ^ | 2014-12-09 | ACLJ
    Stop President Obama’s Illegal Immigration Action in Court President Obama broke the law. He violated the Constitution. Now we’re taking aggressive action in court. President Obama said he “change[d] the law” when he took unilateral action on immigration. The Constitution is clear: The President enforces the law. He does not make the law. Twenty states are taking a stand to defend the Constitution against President Obama’s imperial immigration action. They’ve filed a massive federal lawsuit to stop his unconstitutional overreach. We’re joining them. We’re preparing to file a critical amicus brief to stop President Obama’s illegal action. We testified before...
  • Undivided Power, Undivided Tyranny

    12/10/2014 7:00:01 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    “No nation ever continued happy, whose chief magistrate was its absolute master; and no nation miserable, whose supreme power was properly checked and divided.” These words were written by Thomas Gordon in 1722. Perhaps he picked them up from John Locke’s 1689 Two Treatises of Government. In any event, our framing generation certainly understood what to do with power in a republic, for their design “properly checked and divided” powers. They first divided it vertically between member republics and the government created by those republics. Second, authority was carefully parceled out horizontally among three branches. This past month, depending on...
  • MARK LEVIN WOWS STATE LEGISLATORS: 'TAKE YOUR POWER BACK' [excellent video at source]

    12/07/2014 9:36:03 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 5, 2014 | By Patrick Leahy
    Conservative talkradio host Mark Levin made news Thursday when he addressed the annual conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a "non-partisan membership association of state lawmakers," and it wasn't just because he reiterated his call for an Article V "Convention of the States" to propose new amendments to the Constitution. Levin's call for an Article V Convention of the States has been well known since the publication of his best-selling book, The Liberty Amendments, more than a year ago. On Thursday, Levin framed the Article V Convention of the States as the beginning of the process in which...
  • The case of the missing 13th amendment to the Constitution

    12/06/2014 7:35:41 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    National Constitution Center, Yahoo News ^ | 2014-12-06 | Scott Bomboy
    A few years ago, a group of Iowa Republicans claimed the legitimate 13th Amendment to the Constitution was “missing.” The debate is part of a historical detective story with some surprising twists that is still taking place.
  • Second Amendment Case Moves Forward in Northern Mariana Islands

    12/05/2014 1:57:34 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The defendant in the second amendment case in the Northern Mariana Islands anticipates that the law will be ruled unconstitutional.  From mvariety.com: District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona will preside over a hearing for the motion for summary judgment on March 5, 2015. Anticipating an unfavorable ruling from the federal court, Deleon Guerrero and Zarones have asked the Legislature to act “swiftly without hesitation” in passing an alternative gun control law. The Northern Mariana Islands (NMI) have one of the most restrictive gun control laws of any jurisdiction in the territories of the...
  • Mark Levin Urges States to 'Take Back Your Power' From 'runaway' Obama

    12/04/2014 11:43:32 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 5th 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The building national movement for a constitutional convention to block President Obama’s executive orders got a huge boost Thursday when leading advocate Mark Levin urged state lawmakers to throttle all of Washington, including Republicans. He described a nation that is morphing into a “post-constitutional” crisis where state legislatures are “irrelevant,” and the president and Congress do whatever they want, and nobody in Washington provides checks and balances. “We have a president of the United States who says, ‘Hey, Congress won’t act. I will.’ Excuse me? Well what’s that? Sounds like a runaway convention to me,” he said. Ditto for Republicans....
  • The Stupidity of Gruberism and Executive Amnesty

    12/04/2014 10:33:42 AM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 7 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | December 4, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    In an ironic twist, the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic “Dumb and Dumber” opened as Americans discovered that in the eyes of our political class, we’re like the film’s low-IQ duo — “stupid voters.” Caught dropping truth bombs in a series of videos, MIT professor and Obamacare co-architect Jonathan Gruber describes how policymakers hid the Affordable Care Act’s true nature. “Call it the stupidity of the American voter,” Gruber chortled, since “that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.” But who’s the dunce, considering Gruber is now persona non grata in capitals where he’s earned millions...
  • 20 Signs You Are Living in a Progressive Utopia

    12/04/2014 8:56:01 AM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 11 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 2014-12-14 | TheBlaze
    1) When the executive branch has effectively become the legislative branch 2) When the notions of secure borders and national sovereignty are considered thinly-veiled euphemisms for racial hatred 3) When justice means determining a person is guilty before seeing any evidence, then rioting, looting and destroying property when said person does not even make it to trial 4) When those who riot, loot and destroy property are considered freedom-fighters, and those who peacefully assemble are considered radical extremists ... 10) When countries like Egypt and the United Arab Emirates designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, but yours does...
  • Congress’ Failure to Call an Amendments Convention. (Part VI)

    12/04/2014 5:28:38 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 45 replies
    At this moment, Mark Levin is speaking to a breakfast gathering of the American Legislative Exchange Council. Afterward, at 9:30 AM, he will join a Convention of the States Policy Workshop. On his radio show, he has been openly critical of state legislators for not doing their duty, to demand an amendments convention. I can only assume that videos will be available in the near future. The question of the desirability of a convention, so often expressed at FreeRepublic, is entirely separate from the legal issue of congress’ obligations under Article V*. More than two-thirds of the states have made...
  • State joins call for Convention to amend US Constitution

    12/03/2014 7:36:21 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 65 replies
    Illinois News Network ^ | 12-3-2014 | GREG BISHOP 
    Illinois State lawmakers have joined several other states to call for a Constitutional Convention to amend the U.S. Constitution when it comes to campaign finance reform. During debate on the House floor Wednesday, State Rep. Chapa LaVia said calls for the convention are to address campaign finance and the scope cannot go farther than that. But outgoing State Rep. Mike Bost, who recently won an election to the U.S. House, says once the door is opened, anything is possible. “Once you open and you do a Constitutional convention, it is not going to be and cannot be focused just on...
  • Obama Changes tune on immigration: Yes, I changed the law

    12/01/2014 6:31:00 PM PST · by EagleUSA · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec. 1, 2014 | Byron York
    Did President Obama change the law or not when he unilaterally decided that millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S. would be protected against deportation? Until this week, both the president and White House staff insisted that Obama did not change the law and indeed could not change the law without the cooperation of Congress. Obama's move was just a revision of executive branch enforcement priorities, according to the official White House line. A Justice Department memo backed up the president's contention. "This notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true," Obama said at...
  • Feel the Fetters.

    12/01/2014 2:12:04 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    No topic beats the frequency of politics at Free Republic. Since the national government has become ubiquitous in our lives from beginning to end, it follows we should pay attention to what our masters are doing. Yes, masters. On November 20th, 2014, Obama made clear the midterm trouncing of Hisself and his party would have no effect on his approach to governing. Nearly as disappointing, but not shocking was the limp GOPE response to Obama’s declaration. In a speech designed for all North America, (minus Canadians and Americans) Barack Hussein Obama crossed America’s Rubicon and decreed his lawmaking powers. Dressed...
  • Push for Constitutional Convention Gathers Steam

    11/30/2014 3:28:43 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 179 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 30, 2014 23:20 GMT | Albert R Hunt (Bloomberg)
    Rising frustration with Washington and conservative electoral victories across much of the U.S. are feeding a movement in favor of something America hasn't done in 227 years: Hold a convention to rewrite the Constitution. Although it's still not likely to be successful, the effort is more serious than before: Already, more than two dozen states have called for a convention. There are two ways to change or amend the founding document. The usual method is for an adjustment to win approval from two-thirds of the Congress and then be ratified by three-quarters of the states. There have been 27 amendments...
  • Congress’ Present Duty to Call a Convention. (Part V)

    11/29/2014 1:54:39 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 24 replies
    Hamline Law Review ^ | Fall 1990 | Bruce M. Van Sickle & Lynn M. Boughey
    Under pressure from the base, republicans in congress are scrambling to deal with Obama’s latest high crime. Rest assured whatever the GOP does will be designed to minimize electoral threats to their reelection in 2016, and ignore the well-being of our republic. Perhaps they will cut funding to that which they never appropriated funds in the first place. How about a lawsuit? Impeach? Forget it. Whatever they do will not deal with the tyranny, the precedent of executive law making that will endure after 2016 for the next president to exploit. The framers gave us legal, constitutional means to deal...
  • UT: City Officials Forced to Obey the Constitution on guns

    11/28/2014 5:18:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Park City, Utah, officials were the latest in a series of local governments that have been forced to respect the Constitution by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF).   SAF has run up an impressive number of legal wins to protect second amendment rights.   It has become the ACLU of the gun culture.   In the Park City case, the city had adopted local laws in direct violation of the second amendment and Utah state preemption law.  The city law prohibited all use and possession of firearms; all carrying of concealed weapons; carrying of loaded guns inside a vehicle; showing a gun...
  • PTSD: Post-Thanksgiving Stuffing Disorder

    11/28/2014 4:51:05 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-28-2014 | MOTUS
    I don’t know about everybody else, butt I’m suffering from a case of PTSD  - Post Thanksgiving Stuffing Disorder. I’m in serious need of some rest and recuperation. So what do you say we play a little game?The rules are simple: after eating your leftover unindicted turkey sandwich, watch this video of Big Guy bragging to his newest constituents that he just broke “changed the law…”Then, let me know what other law you’d like to see the next Republican President break change? The suggestion with the highest number of “likes” wins.Just to get things rolling, let me toss one out...
  • If Not Now, When?

    11/28/2014 3:03:54 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 26 replies
    Conservatives are not split as to whether or not Obama and his ministers have committed high crimes. We are split over what to do about it. There is no question Obama has gathered arbitrary powers within the executive branch to make, ignore, modify congressional statutes at his whim. His administrative agencies, a shadow army of lawgivers whose identities (sans Gruber) are kept quiet and out of public view, issue dozens of unconstitutional and imperial diktats every year. OTOH, what is certain is that impeachment of American presidents is unfortunately an historic rarity. Taken all together, impeachment is largely viewed as...
  • Gauntlet is thrown; Obama spurns the People, Congress

    11/27/2014 7:50:51 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/27/14 | A. Dru Kristenev
    We could allow each new "authorization" from the Oval Office scofflaw to undermine our nation, or we could meet the challenge by effectively applying our Constitution Immigration reform, Keystone XL, net neutrality, ObamaCare manipulation (Gruber disclosures), bankrupting coal, bankrupting business... Don’t forget the president’s encouraging the choreographed protests that followed the grand jury’s lack of an indictment of Officer Darren Wilson and Obama’s champion Eric Holder’s unwillingness to accept the ruling. With every one of these issues the president has had a field day challenging not just Congress, but the vast majority of the American People. And he does it...
  • Does Second Amendment apply to the Corps? 11th Circuit to Decide

    11/27/2014 5:24:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Army Corps of Engineers Administered Land In the Ninth Circuit federal court of appeals, District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled that the second amendment does not stop at the boundary of land administered by  the Army Corps of Engineers.   There are millions of acres of wild land and waters involved, as the Corps of Engineers administers enormous projects across America on the waterways. In the 11th Circuit, Judge Harold Murphy in Georgia has ruled that the second amendment does not apply on land administered by the Corps, because the land is all considered "sensitive", like a courtroom, or...
  • Will Obama be impeached now that Republicans control both houses of Congress?

    11/26/2014 12:42:17 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 105 replies
    Renew America ^ | Updated November 20, 2014 | By Stephen Stone, RenewAmerica President
    Shortly after communist-mentored Barack Obama was elected to the White House in 2008, I asked a brother at a family gathering, "Who's going to be president of the United States in 20 years?" Without hesitating, he said, "Barack Obama." More informed than most people I'd asked, he instantly got the drift of my question. As I was thinking through the implications of the de facto communist coup that precipitated the question, however, I was struck with a realization that gave me some degree of hope in the face of our nation's heightened peril. Although no major communist strongman in the...
  • When the Republic Isn’t Worth Defending

    11/26/2014 6:57:34 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 47 replies
    I vaguely recall from Gibbon, or maybe it was from a high school class, that the Roman Empire didn’t go out with a bang. With a nod to Alaric and his Visigoths of 410 AD, there really isn’t a singular event to mark the beginning of the long slide. In broad strokes it is fair to say that Roman society declined together, simultaneously with government. For centuries, Roman citizenship was a precious possession, a jewel of unsurpassed value. As such it was held closely and kept in short supply, for among other privileges, the Roman citizen wasn’t taxed. He was...
  • Silly WWII Analogy...but Fun!

    11/26/2014 2:12:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On freerepublic, people were discussing the recent legal victory, where a federal judge ruled that people who already had guns had no reason to wait through a 10 day California waiting period.  The law was first passed in 1923.  He ruled that the law infringed on second amendment rights.  The KG9 Kid wrote, from freerepublic.com: I'm sorry, but I read of these little 'victories' by the CalGuns Foundation in their thoroughly anti-gun state and cannot help but compare them to some WWII Japanese radio broadcast that exclaims that the Imperial Japanese Navy now has now deployed the first rocket-powered...
  • Will the Constitution Survive King Barack the Transformer?

    11/25/2014 12:23:11 PM PST · by Starman417 · 9 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-25-14 | Vince
    What makes a tyrant? Dictionary.com defines tyrant thus: A sovereign or other ruler who uses power oppressively or unjustly. In 1776 the 13 American colonies declared independence from just such a tyrant. Eleven years later the same 13 states came together to write a Constitution that was specifically crafted to thwart the emergence of a new tyrant. The laws were to be written in Congress, where discussion, debate and competing factions would keep them from consistently favoring one constituency over another. In turn those laws were to be executed by the President whose constituency was the whole country. That separation...
  • Five Ways Congress Should Respond To Obama’s Exec Amnesty-Don’t get mad. Don’t get even. Get nasty.

    11/25/2014 2:23:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 25, 2014 | Scott McKay
    "........What Obama has done—asserting the right to legalize millions of trespassers and squatters against the expressed wishes of Congress and in contravention of settled federal law by use of what he and his minions term “prosecutorial discretion”—cannot stand. GOP leadership on Capitol Hill needs to overreact to it in order to set an example....[SNIP]1.Yes, Defund The Bogus Fiat Amnesty.The Federalist’s Sean Davis took the squishes to task last week for their attempts to sell impotence, and he was correct on all points:.....2.Censure.When the Bill Clinton impeachment mess was unfolding in 1998,the Senate Democrats’ response to House Republican talk of impeaching...
  • Obama To Immigration Critics In Congress: "Pass A Bill" [Or Else I'll Keep Passing My Own?]

    11/23/2014 5:56:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 55 replies
    ABCNews ^ | November 22, 2014 | REBECCA KAPLAN
    REBECCA KAPLAN CBS November 20, 2014 Obama To Immigration Critics In Congress: "Pass A Bill" Nov 20, 2014 President Obama on Thursday defended the actions he's taking to shield about 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally from deportation as "lawful" and consistent with what his predecessors have done. "I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law," the president said. "But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President - the same kinds of actions taken by...
  • A Christian Nation, Not a Theocracy

    11/24/2014 2:29:15 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/24/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    When a nation is not virtuous, and turns its back on God, the people of that country finds that liberty is elusive Last Tuesday Night, at the end of the discussion during the Corona Constitution Class, I gave the folks an assignment. Read the Declaration of Independence, and notice how the grievances the colonists had with the British government are similar to the grievances many Americans have with today’s federal government. One of the students sent me an email as he began to read. He stated that as he began to read the Declaration of Independence, he came across Chuck...
  • Remove the Tyrant. Reverse the Tyranny.

    11/24/2014 11:20:37 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 24 replies
    Vanity
    Elections no longer serve their intended purpose, to temporarily empower others to make law on our behalf, subject to constitutional limitations. Obama plainly said last week that the outcome of the midterms meant the exact opposite of its results. He will issue diktats on behalf of those who didn’t vote! His first act was to lead a barbarian invasion across our southern border. A last ditch defense of our republic demands two actions. First, the virus that afflicts our governing body, Barack Obama, must be excised. If not, he will continue his scorched earth demonic march through our God given...
  • Obama's Amnesty Threatens To Shut Down Constitution

    11/21/2014 10:06:22 AM PST · by raptor22 · 46 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 21, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Amnesty: Pundits warn that a funding fight over the president's move to grant de facto amnesty to illegal aliens threatens a politically risky government shutdown. But there's something much more important at stake here. The Founders had good reason to give Congress the power of the purse: Short of impeachment, it's the most effective way to stop a lawless president from disobeying the will of Congress and usurping powers not granted by the Constitution. The question is: Will Congress use this power to thwart President Obama's shredding of the Constitution with his executive amnesty plan? Incoming Senate Budget Committee Chairman...
  • Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986 "NOTICE TO CONGRESS BEFORE IMPLEMENTING CHANGES" (Required)

    11/22/2014 4:03:19 PM PST · by xzins · 108 replies
    Government Printing Office ^ | 1986 | US Congress
    "(3) NOTICE TO CONGRESS BEFORE IMPLEMENTING CHANGES.— "(A) IN GENERAL.—The President may not implement any change under paragraph (1) unless at least— "(i) 60 days, "(ii) one year, in the case of a major change described in subparagraph (D)(iii), or "(iii) two years, in the case of a major change described in clause (i) or (ii) of subparagraph (D), before the date of implementation of the change, the President has prepared and transmitted to the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and to the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate a written report setting forth the...
  • [Problems Government Can't Solve] Consequences, Elections have them and so does Legislation

    11/23/2014 10:34:48 AM PST · by Moseley · 6 replies
    Delaware Politics ^ | November 23, 2014 | Larry Mayo
    [ KEY QUOTE ] You see, during the election, nothing changed. We, the voters, continued to ask our politicians to solve problems our government has neither the ability nor the authority to solve, and they continued to promise to do just that. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ After all, the purpose of civil government is what? To do for us what we can’t do for ourselves? No. To level the playing field? No. To spread the wealth around? No! The purpose of OUR government is simply, to secure our rights, those rights which were given to all of us by our Creator. Period! I...
  • Obama's Real Speech on Immigration

    11/23/2014 9:16:52 AM PST · by Jeff Head · 29 replies
    Youtube ^ | Nov 22, 2014 | Jeff Head
    Here's Obama's real speech on immigration...but only Fox has covered it: Video of Obama's Real Speech on Immigration His own words condemn him and everyone should see it.
  • Obama, Our Modern John C. Calhoun

    11/22/2014 11:01:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    PJ Media's Rule of Law ^ | November 20, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    One of the ideas that plunged America into the bloody Civil War was the belief that federal laws could be nullified by those who disagree with them. Senator John C. Calhoun of South Carolina was a chief proponent of the doctrine that Southern states could nullify federal laws if states disagreed with them. In announcing a lawless amnesty edict tonight, President Obama is our modern John C. Calhoun. Elementary school civics class has taught the same thing for two hundred years: Congress makes the laws, the president enforces the laws, the judiciary interprets the laws. The reason this is so...
  • Just Enforce the Constitution We Have

    11/22/2014 4:56:00 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 29 replies
    As our once republic swirls down the drain of despotism, a common call at FR to restore freedom is to “just enforce the constitution we have.” In a perfect world of cuddly puppies and chocolate rivers, we could live in unspoiled freedom and happiness if we only enforced the written constitution. The problem is that no nation ever was, nor will ever be, composed of saints. If men were saints, government wouldn’t be necessary. If that sounds familiar, it should. After years of study on the nature of government in general, and republics in particular, James Madison and other framers...
  • Executive Branch DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY to Seize the power of Legislative/Judical branch

    11/22/2014 12:05:34 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    Agree or Disagree? Here is my understanding..... Yes Executive Orders are "Constitutional'. It was done by many other Presidents. For the record, this is how Democrats are defending this. However....., Executive Orders ONLY APPLIES to the Executive Branch. They DO NOT APPLY to the Legislative or Judicial Branch. THEREFORE......, Yes one branch of government, DOES NOT HAVE THE CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY to SEIZE the power of the Legislative/Judicial branch. Executive orders ONLY HAVE AS MUCH POWER that is granted to them by the U.S. Constitution. Furthermore, again.... it only applies to the Executive Branch and not the other two branches of...
  • Obama Puts The Republic Out Of Its Misery

    11/21/2014 4:03:18 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 47 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 21 2014 | David Harsanyi
    All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress – unless the President says otherwise. “This is how democracy works,” Barack Obama lectured the country before giving everyone the specifics of his expansive one-man executive overreach on immigration. If you enjoy straw men but are turned off by open debate and constitutional order, this speech was for you. Obama acknowledges his overreach openly every time he argues that he intends to do the job of an obstinate Republican congress. In his speech, Obama scolded those who question whether he has the authority to change the legal status of...
  • Jay Carney: Obama ‘Literally’ Doing What He Said Was Unconstitutional in 2011

    11/21/2014 8:13:44 AM PST · by don-o · 61 replies
    Former White House spokesman Jay Carney admitted on CNN that President Obama did indeed flip-flop on executive amnesty. Host Anderson Cooper asked Carney for his opinion, after showing a series of clips of Obama denouncing executive amnesty, “So, I mean, other than his frustration, what has changed? I mean, he’s a constitution scholar. What has changed that allows him to do this?” “I think if he could have those words back, especially the first clip where he specifically talked about suspending deportations,” Carney said, “that is literally what he is doing today.” Carney went on saying, “In later instances including...