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  • Keeping the Constitution: No Broken Windows Allowed

    06/24/2016 1:19:22 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 11 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 23rd 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    For those not old enough to know, New York City’s crime rate prior to the Mayor Rudy Giuliani era was so bad that a sci-fi movie, Escape From New York (1981) did very well at the box office. In this dystopian story, Manhattan was walled off and filled with the worst criminals from across America. Mayor (1994-2001) Giuliani famously put into practice a “no broken windows” (NBW) theory of law enforcement. His police no longer ignored misdemeanor violations of the law. The criminal element soon realized that not only were petty crimes prosecuted, but prison time for felony violations was...
  • Why Gun Owners Call BS Every Time Anti-Gun Left Calls for Common Sense

    06/23/2016 1:41:27 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies ^ | October 2015 | Don McDougall
    “If I had my way, sporting guns would be strictly regulated, the rest would be confiscated” ~ Nancy Pelosi Chuck Schumer : “We’re going to hammer guns on the anvil of relentless legislative strategy! We’re going to beat guns into submission!” The first quote is by Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the second Democrat Chuck Schumer. If you asked either politician today they would (in public) proudly tell you all … ALL they want is a few simple common sense gun control laws…you know… for the children. Hillary Clinton isn’t any better, she admits to wanting to ban all semi-automatic weapons....
  • Down the Memory Hole

    06/23/2016 9:31:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/23/16 | Dr. Robert Owens
    The Progressives have systematically used education, media and the courts to indoctrinate, cajole and hijack the people into accepting a truncated vision of the Constitution How can we possibly know the motive of the perpetrator of the Orlando Massacre? It is a mystery to the President, the Attorney General, his whole administration, and their cheerleaders in the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media. Forget that the killer called 911 and pledged allegiance to ISIS. This has been redacted from the government transcripts so it has been effectively dropped down the Memory Hole. Forget that according to survivors he was...
  • “America: Still Worth Fighting For” Part 1

    06/23/2016 8:54:31 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/23/16 | KrisAnne Hall
    Our contemporary American experience seems often Orwellian. We have a Congress that denies our Rights in the name of security. We have a president who not only writes laws with his pen, but is also in the habit of rewriting history to serve his political purposes. Many patriots have expended a great deal of energy this year in the fight to see our Liberty protected and America’s greatness restored. We are all well aware that there are still many struggles ahead and mountains yet to be conquered. But let us be reminded of a hope that is rooted firmly in...
  • To the dems 1963 MLK was a gun owner on an FBI Watch List!

    06/22/2016 5:38:13 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 12 replies
    Spread this link far and wide.
  • Paul Ryan: House sit-in on guns is a 'publicity stunt'

    06/22/2016 3:56:52 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/22/16 | Theodore Schleifer
    ...Ryan called the Democratic lawmakers' sit-in Wednesday to protest inaction on gun laws a "publicity stunt," saying that House liberals were more interested in headlines.... .....the sit-in that began earlier in Ryan's chamber earned his scorn. "This is nothing more than a publicity stunt," Ryan said, saying House Democrats would infringe on Second Amendment rights and do nothing to prevent terrorist attacks. "This is not about a solution to a problem. This is about trying to get attention." Ryan said they would not take up gun bills that the Senate already voted down on Monday. He called on legislation to...
  • The Supreme Court Just Created a Full-Blown Police State

    06/22/2016 11:37:57 AM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 78 replies ^ | Jun 21, 2016 | Martin Armstrong
    The Supreme Court ruling in Utah v Strieff awarded the police total freedom to stop any citizen, at any time, to do whatever they desire. The Supreme Court determined that the “poisonous fruit” of a police officer’s stop of a citizen can be used against them at trial. This has wiped out, in reality, any constitutional protection you thought you had. This is a sad day for the United States, for the Supreme Court has officially created a full-blown police state and clearly has no intention of honoring why this nation began the entire American Revolution — to prevent illegal...
  • John Locke: On the Dissolution of Government (II)

    06/22/2016 12:26:41 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 21st 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In view of the increasing failures of national, state, local government from San Jose, CA to Sweden to protect their citizens from thugs, both secular and religious, where do innocent people turn when the institutions designed to serve the community fail to do so, or worse, actually turn against the people? From my last post, John Locke explained in Chapter XIX of his Second Treatise, the legislative power, or, simply the legislative, granted by society to government is the essence of republicanism. When any force, from outside or within, alters the legislative, government is dissolved. Locke writes: "When the legislative...
  • Government Self Interest Directly Opposes Individual Self Interest - Whose Side Are You On?

    06/21/2016 1:17:25 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 10 replies
    Let’s get it straight. Government self-interest is opposed to the Constitution and individual freedom. State and individual self-interest - embodied in the Constitution and state and individual freedom - is opposed to government self-interest. By its very nature the central government is against the interests of the states and the people. That is why we have a Constitution, to keep this potential monster in its constitutional cage. Again, let’s get it straight. Political government basically does only one thing well: coerce and kill. Government is VERY GOOD at coercion and killing. A good government, limited by the rule of law,...
  • John Locke: On the Dissolution of Government

    06/20/2016 9:02:02 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 19th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    The spark for this squib is the failure of western governments to protect the persons and property of their citizens from politically or religiously motivated criminals. Among just a few of the outrages: • Swedish elementary school children recently beseeched their principal to protect them from islamic students. • Closer to home, the mayor of San Jose California directed his police force and firefighters to stand idly by as paid Leftists assaulted Trump rally attendees: • Last year, the mayor of Baltimore so much as encouraged rioters to destroy property. What gives? Is this why societies create governments? John Locke...
  • (Vanity) The End Game of the American Republic

    06/17/2016 8:37:34 PM PDT · by A Navy Vet · 60 replies ^ | June 17, 2016 | A Navy Vet
    While us Constitutional advocates always say the next general election is the most important, this one actually is...
  • Glenn Greenwald: The FBI was right not to arrest Omar Mateen before the shooting

    06/17/2016 10:58:33 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 138 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 17, 2016 | Glenn Greenwald
    Citizens should not forfeit their rights if they haven't committed a crime. The massacre at an Orlando LGBT club has predictably provoked the same reaction as past terror attacks: recriminations that authorities should have done more to stop it in advance, accompanied by demands for new police powers to prevent future ones. Blame-assigners immediately pointed to the FBI's investigation of the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen. "The FBI closed this file because the Obama administration treats radical Islamic threats as common crimes," GOP Sen. Lindsey O. Graham argued on Fox News. "If we kept the file open and we saw what...
  • Joe Manchin laments Fifth Amendment: ‘Due process is what’s killing us right now’

    06/17/2016 7:18:32 AM PDT · by Little Pig · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6/16/2016 | Douglas Ernst
    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin told an MSNBC panel on Thursday that the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is "killing us" in terms of preventing gun violence. Mr. Manchin, a Democrat, referred to due process as an inconvenient "firewall" when it comes to denying Americans firearms. Money quote: "So can't we say that if a person is under suspicion, there should be a five-year period of time that we have to see if good behavior, if this person continues the same traits?"
  • Phyllis Schlafly vs. Article V

    06/17/2016 1:43:04 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 15 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 17th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    From the 1776 Maryland Declaration of Rights and the 1783 New Hampshire Bill of Rights we are reminded of the proper American attitude toward a government hostile to freedom: "The doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind." In a recent post to her Eagle Forum website, the highly respected and admired Phyllis Schlafly unfortunately resorted to a lot of snark and little reason in her decades’ old opposition to an Article V convention of the states to reclaim free government. Beginning with her title, “Failed Republicans Want...
  • We’re All Terrorists Now: How Gun Control Treats Law-Abiding Citizens

    06/16/2016 6:46:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 6/16/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    Law-abiding Americans are not terrorists and must not be treated like terrorists. Yet, that’s exactly what more gun control will do. It will spread the blame for Omar Mateen’s actions, punishing every current gun owner and every future gun owner for the behavior of a radical Islamist in Orlando.
  • Serf or Citizen

    06/16/2016 2:17:54 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 16th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Many American minds have been twisted by a hundred years of progressivism. A once proud and independent people have become increasingly meek and dependent on the decisions and goodies disbursed by faraway masterminds. Part of that twist moved our attention and expectations from the dispersed power in our states, and toward a single focal point in Washington, DC. For any real or imagined problem, the perceived answer no longer resides within our communities or states. No, there must be a national program to deal with and regulate everything. This top-down imperial approach, that treats the fifty states no better than...
  • A Time to Fight for Freedom and the Constitution

    06/15/2016 7:12:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 15 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2012, nearly four years ago, after the shooting at Sandy Hook, the future of the Republic and the Constitution looked dim.  We had seen a President who disdained the Constitution, who flaunted his power, who had the media on his side and a Congress that conspired with him, be re-elected.  This happened in spite of numerous scandals that should have resulted in his impeachment. It appeared the seeds of severe European type gun control were going to pass Congress.  Leaders among Second Amendment supporters were grim.  Some said that we could not win. Some claimed that the best...
  • Team Obama/Hillary seek to PUNISH AMERICANS for the act of a murderous Muslim [Vanity]

    06/14/2016 11:59:16 AM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 22 replies
    June 14, 2016 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    Is punishing Americans the appropriate response to Islamic terrorism in America? Consider, Obama continues to recklessly and without ANY background checks import over 100 Syrian 'refugees' PER DAY into the United States. No worries though, because Obama tells us it has been AMERICAN CITIZENS waging these attacks, not foreigners. Excuse me, Obama. FIRST, this attacker was MUSLIM. Secondly, his father was IMPORTED FROM AFGHANISTAN. Third, the issue of citizenship is IRRELEVANT. The REAL issue here is ISLAM and its promotion of HATRED AND DEATH for anyone NOT Muslim, not citizenship! The REAL issue here is not 'AMERICANS' RIGHTS' under the...
  • Tacitus: The Annals (II)

    06/13/2016 1:54:43 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 9 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 13th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    I can almost see Tacitus (55-117AD) weep as he wrote of Rome’s transition from a free republic to a despotic empire. Tacitus: After Augustus won over the soldiers with gifts, and the people with cheap corn, he slowly concentrated in himself the powers of the senate, the magistrates, and laws. In this, he was unopposed, for the boldest spirits had fallen in battle or been murdered in the proscriptions. The remaining nobles, the readier they were to be slaves, were raised the higher by wealth and promotion. So aggrandized were they by revolution, they preferred the safety of the present...
  • How The Unprincipled Foundation Of Modern Conservatism Led Intellectuals To Hate Trump

    06/11/2016 11:26:55 AM PDT · by JessTheAmerican · 22 replies ^ | 06/11/2016 | Chris Buskirk
    Actions speak louder than words. That's what we've all been taught by hard experience. So despite Paul Ryan's tepid endorsement of Donald Trump his actions tell us where his heart is. Ryan and the rest of the GOP establishment have had absolutely nothing to say about the violence perpetrated against Trump supporters by Hillary Clinton's backers on the streets of Albuquerque, Anaheim, San Jose, San Diego and elsewhere. This political violence targets Republican voters, but as far as Conservatism Inc. is concerned, mum's the word. But they have had plenty of time to parse Donald Trump's every word and Tweet...
  • Appellate court ruling won’t impact Arizona gun laws

    06/10/2016 12:27:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — A new ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court will not affect the rights of Arizonans to carry concealed weapons. And that's not just because a majority of state lawmakers here support that right. California law allows each county sheriff to determine if someone has "good cause" to have a concealed weapon. The lawsuit decided by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ability of individual sheriffs to make that determination.
  • Sitting Out the November Congressional Election

    06/08/2016 1:39:54 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 8th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Lest anyone jump to an erroneous conclusion, I’ll participate in the upcoming presidential election process and vote for Trump. Since Hillary is the sum of every corrupt quality, every character flaw that cannot be allowed in the Oval Office, nothing will keep me from supporting the opponent of this vile traitor. As a registered Republican I receive regular emails from GOP candidates standing for election to Florida’s second congressional district. The candidates appear to be honest men and women of conservative bent who oppose all things Obama. Ditto for the eventual Republican senatorial nominee. Anyone who promises to do his...
  • How Our Federal Constitution “Secures” Our God Given Rights

    06/07/2016 6:50:35 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 9 replies ^ | June 7, 2016 | Publius Huldah, guest columnist
    Our Declaration of Independence says the Creator God endowed us with Rights and that the purpose of government is to “secure” the Rights God gave us. What does this mean? How does a government go about “securing” God-given Rights? I will show you. The miracle of our federal Constitution was that the States created a federal government, which, by means of exercising the enumerated powers listed in the Constitution, was enabled to “secure” our God-given Rights in specific ways. It is not the federal government’s job to secure our God-given Rights in ALL ways, only in the ways appropriate for...
  • Our First State Constitutions and Bills of Rights

    06/07/2016 1:38:31 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 7th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    I recently looked up our early state constitutions and bills of rights with an eye toward clauses that proclaimed the peoples’ sovereign right and duty to closely watch their governments, be covetous of liberty, and amend their constitutions when necessary. Connecticut. Its first post-revolutionary constitution was actually in 1818, which included a Declaration of Rights: “That all political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit; and that they have at all times an undeniable and indefeasible right to alter their form of government in such manner as...
  • Of The Laws Which Establish Political Liberty

    06/06/2016 1:36:42 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 6th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In Book XI of The Spirit of the Laws, Charles de Montesquieu touched on the nature of liberty and representation in republics. While the term ‘liberty’ is somewhat ambiguous, he ascribed to it tranquility of mind arising from the opinion each person has of his safety. In order to have this liberty, it is requisite the government be so constituted as one man need not be afraid of another. To foster liberty, free men send representatives to deliberative bodies to craft laws on their behalf. The great advantage of reps is their capacity to discuss public affairs in the course...
  • Hillary Clinton: Government Has ‘A Right’ To Regulate 2nd Amendment

    06/05/2016 11:32:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 107 replies ^ | 6/5/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    Government has a right to regulate the Second Amendment, Hillary Clinton said in an interview on the June 5 airing of This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Clinton contended that Americans have historically recognized the government’s “right” to regulate the bearing of arms, suggesting that it was not until District of Columbia v Heller (2008) that anyone thought otherwise. Stephanopoulos asked, “Do you believe an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right? That it’s not linked to the service in the militia?”
  • Our Outdated Constitution

    The media’s wall-to-wall coverage of Donald Trump and the presidential horserace is a distraction from the main event. The point of the horserace—and of all politics—is to run a government capable of dealing effectively with the nation’s problems. But effective government is precisely what we don’t have. America’s greatest challenge is that it is burdened by a government that doesn’t work, and indeed is dysfunctional. Why is the nation so poorly governed? This is the question that we address in our new book, Relic. What we show is that the fundamentals of an answer can be traced to the Constitution—which,...
  • Federal Government Threatens: “A Gigantic Grab of All Water Rights in the United States”

    06/05/2016 3:48:43 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 36 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 6/4/2016 | Jerimiah Johnson
    You may recall, Readers, that I penned a couple of pieces detailing the CKST (Confederated Kootenai & Salish Tribes) Water Compact last March in 2015. To refresh in brief, the Water Compact gives the Indian Tribes the water rights to all surface and subsurface water in almost all of Western Montana, to include Flathead Lake. The problem: these water rights are all off-reservation. That’s right. The Democratic-controlled State Senate, House of Representatives, and Governor of Montana voted this into law. Everyone is to receive a water meter on their well. All revenues will go to “the Tribes” as stipulated by...
  • A Presumption of Liberty

    06/04/2016 1:30:53 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 4th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    This squib goes hand-in-hand with my two earlier posts that made the case for an annual Article V state convention, here and here, to defeat both an out control administrative state and runaway scotus. My vision is a regular convention that will examine in detail the past year’s congressional statutes, regulations issued under the auspices of the president, as well as supreme court decisions. Those that infringe upon our liberty can, if recommended by the convention, be repealed or overturned by thirty-eight subsequent state ratifying conventions or state legislatures. What prompted me was the outrageous Obergefell v. Hodges scotus decision...
  • Democrats, Democracy and Article V

    06/03/2016 1:29:28 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 3rd 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Democrats just love democracy. Who could possibly oppose democracy? Didn’t progressive icon Woodrow Wilson inform the nation that the purpose of the United States was to make the world safe for democracy? What reasonable person could be against all power to the people? I am, and I am in good company. Our framing generation had enough experience with overly democratic state governments to figure out that majoritarian abuse of minorities was just as harmful and dangerous to freedom as the executive tyranny of George III. Benjamin Rush famously said that while the state constitutions of 1776-1780 barred the front door...
  • Toward an Annual Article V State Amendments Convention (II)

    06/02/2016 1:54:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 2nd 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In Part I, I examined how and why an Annual Article V State Amendments Convention should become a regular feature of the American governing scene. To further support my thesis, I shall illustrate here the impropriety of allowing scotus to be the sole arbiter of our rights. The right and duty to define them and determine their practical reach ultimately belongs to We The People when acting in our sovereign capacity via Article V. I will show that scotus fails to keep to its own standards of what constitutes legitimate law, rights and liberty interests. To scotus, the notion of...
  • Where is the administration getting the money to fund these Obamacare programs?

    06/01/2016 3:55:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 1, 2016 | Rick Moran
    Congress is looking into the funding for several Obamacare programs for which no money has been directly appropriated. Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled that the administration is unlawfully paying insurers who are required to reduce costs for poorer customers on Obamacare’s exchanges. But there are other Obamacare programs that the administration is running for which Congress has refused to fund. ... Subpoenas ignored or willfully unfulfilled, stonewalling witnesses, and lies, lies, lies. Sound familiar? "The most transparent administration in history" has a game plan when dealing with Congress and they play it out to the letter. They even...
  • OK: Strong Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment Killed by Republicans

    06/01/2016 6:25:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A strong right to keep and bear arms amendment to the Oklahoma state constitution was killed by the Republican leadership at the last minute. They did this by running out the clock in the conference committee, by not voting on HJR 1009.  The clock ran out on May 19th. The tactics were similar to what was done in 2014.  This year the measure was passed with overwhelming votes in both the House and the Senate. It passed the House 66-7.  It passed the Senate 39 to 7.  That is by 90% and 85% respectively.  Obviously, the measure was wildly...
  • Montesquieu’s Quips on Corruption

    06/01/2016 1:43:43 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    Not forty years after publication of Montesquieu’s great work, The Spirit of the Laws, our framing statesmen would combine their experiences with Montesquieu’s (and others) philosophy, and draft a Constitution. A central component of its structure is the prevention of corruption through the division of powers. Montesquieu regularly touched on the various ways monarchies and republics degenerate into despotisms; what follows are some of my notes from Montesquieu that dealt with the corruption of republics. When law is suspended in popular government, it can only happen from the corruption of the republic, and the state is certainly undone. It is...
  • Axeslinger's opus...

    05/31/2016 2:19:09 PM PDT · by Axeslinger II · 191 replies
    A few days ago | Axeslinger
    Apparently this never got posted here because of the limitations of probation, so here you go: we are...18 years. Mostly good. Clintons a Liar, Dr Raouls costumes, AppyPappy's daughter singing the National Anthem, Kristinns wonderful reporting. The repugnant lies of Classy Green Eyed Blonde and DeepInTheHurtgenForest. The surreal cryptic posts of quidam. The lib trolls like Eschoir. The March for Justice? Heady times. They really were. Fighting against a President who had the gall to look us in the eye and lie to us. But the last 9 months? Absolutely unrecognizable. A lot of great FReepers run off. And...
  • Best Friends: The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

    05/31/2016 12:54:47 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    For some time, I’ve had a squib in mind which connected the Declaration and Constitution. Professor William B. Allen of Michigan State University beat me to it some years ago with a paper that did just that. I encourage the reader to examine the entire work. To the small extent that our Declaration is discussed in the public square and taught to our young anymore at all, discourse is typically limited to the clauses surrounding our unalienable rights and equality before God. Addressed far less often are the specific charges directed at King George III and how our Constitution dealt...

    05/29/2016 8:13:41 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/29/16 | Andrew Benjamin
    Her choice that is. You have seriously misunderstood the constitution because there is no such thing as God-given rights. Only rights conferred by the Liberal-Socialist Democratic Party - if they so choose Hers… Not yours. You make a decision to defend your family. She intends to take away your choice. Your choice is to preserve life.—Preferably yours. Her choice is to increase money flowing to her foundation. She is smarter than you, better than you, and reserves her “right” to make choices for you.
  • State Representatives Attack Declaration of Independence on Louisiana House Floor

    05/28/2016 5:36:19 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 27 2016 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    Democrat Louisiana state representatives launched an attack against the phrase “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence Wednesday in response to the state House’s consideration of an education bill. State Rep. Barbara Norton (D) led the charge against HB 1035, a measure that would require local school boards of education to have students in grades four to six recite a specified section of the Declaration of Independence after the current daily period of silent prayer or meditation and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The bill, introduced by state Rep. Valarie Hodges (R), would require students...
  • Obama just got one giant step closer towards creating a national gun registry

    05/27/2016 12:34:49 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 27, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    President Obama is taking a big step towards creating a national gun registry. Hawaii looks like it is about to provide the federal government with the list of all the gun owners in the state. Supposedly, keeping a list of gun owners’ names will enable the FBI to tell police if a gun owner ever gets arrested. But a national gun registry isn’t necessary to do this check. The FBI isn’t the only organization that can do background checks on already existing gun owners. Hawaii already has a gun registry, and can regularly run its list of names to see...
  • “Benjamin Franklin, an American Life”

    05/26/2016 9:14:36 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/26/16 | Ed Wood
    Sometimes the rigors of daily life just get too overwhelming, causing me to turn to other less stressful items of interest. So I am now reading, “Benjamin Franklin -- An American Life,” by famed biographer, Walter Isaacson. It is already an amazing story about an amazing man, and I am not half way through its 586 pages --- small type, no pictures! Benjamin Franklin: author, inventor, scientist, politician, raconteur. But he considered himself, first and foremost, to be a printer. And would generally sign his name, “Benjamin Franklin, printer.” For in that Colonial period, a printer was a person of...
  • "We the People," once America's sovereigns are now her subjects

    05/26/2016 8:56:50 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/26/16 | Doug Book
    "The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." Thomas Jefferson For more than a century, members of Washington DC's political ruling class have treated the American people--the true sovereigns of this nation--like subjects, useful only on Election Day and for the payment of unsustainable obligations. These self-anointed patricians have abused the authority of their office while dramatically expanding the size of a government whose power the Founders had sought to define and constrain....
  • The RIGHTS OF The UNBORN [Constitutional Challenge to Roe v Wade]

    05/26/2016 7:38:51 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 5 replies
    Priests For Life ^ | n/a | Fr. Clifford Stevens
    PREFACE The constitutional issues raised by Roe v. Wade have never had, a public airing and the public debate on the subject has turned on philosophical rather than legal issues. This study attempts to bring into focus some of the constitutional issues involved, but by no means exhausts them. it is merely an overview of a totally new development in constitutional law, a development that could be labeled embryonic law. That development was opened by the Roe v. Wade decision, as the issue of civil rights was opened by Plessy v. Ferguson, workers' rights by Lochner v. New York, and...
  • Cato’s Letter #115: The Encroaching Nature of Power, Ever to be Watched and Checked

    05/26/2016 5:48:56 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    This letter is among Cato’s best. Like Machiavelli in a few of his Discourses on Livy, Cato touches on the nature of despots, and the measures taken by the Roman Republic to hold on to liberty. The lesson for America 2016 is that we must take measures, as did the Romans, to restore free government. The essence of republicanism is the checks the people put upon their governors. Keep the governors within certain bounds and nations are free. Without checks on government, men are slaves because the magistrates make their own rules and follow their lusts. Only those nations who...

    05/25/2016 10:22:16 PM PDT · by vannrox · 3 replies
    5/24/16 AT 5:33 PM | ALVIN RABUSHKA
    If Clinton becomes president and appoints liberal justices, the author writes, a liberal majority on the court will enable her to remake the United States. This article first appeared on the Thoughtful Ideas site. If Hillary Clinton is elected, she may have the opportunity to appoint three or possibly four justices to the Supreme Court. First up is filling the late Antonin Scalia’s seat, which will give the court a five-vote liberal majority consisting, on her inauguration, of Sonia Sotomayor (63), Elena Kagan (56), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (83) and Stephen Breyer (78). She may be able to appoint young liberals...
  • Religious Freedom in an Age of Secularism

    05/25/2016 5:31:14 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies ^ | 5/25/2016 | Star Parker
    The late Claremont Institute scholar, Harry V. Jaffa, opened an essay he wrote called "The American Founding as the Best Regime," discussing the meaning of the words of the preamble to our Constitution. Included in those words, laying out the purpose of the Constitution is the phrase, to "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." Jaffa says that "No words of the Constitution reveal the intention of the Constitution," more than these. "What is a blessing?" asks Jaffa. It is "what is good in the eyes of God," he answers. Jaffa then turns to the closing words...
  • A Constitution Gone Wrong

    05/25/2016 1:37:34 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    On the eve of troubles with George III in the 1760s, His Majesty’s subjects on the North American continent regarded themselves as among the luckiest people on earth. Charles De Montesquieu praised the English constitution for its mixture of monarchy and republican spirit. Not only were colonials prosperous, they enjoyed a level of liberty not seen perhaps since the best days of the Roman Republic. To be enlightened in the 18th Century was to be interested in antiquity, and to be interested in antiquity was to be interested in republicanism. Many of the men destined to become the statesmen and...
  • A Nation in Denial

    05/24/2016 1:34:51 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    Men naturally seek to better their conditions and protect what is theirs, among which is their country. I’m continually surprised that so many do not take a look at history, ours and that of other past republics, for clues to help reverse the despotism that is America 2016. Long-lived republics such as Rome and a few Greek city-states fell on hard political times in which freedom was threatened, yet they bounced back from the brink of ruin. No republic, including ours, just coasted along for hundreds of years on their original governing structures. When liberty was threatened, republican men went...
  • Clarice Feldman: A Part-time Law Lecturer vs. the Constitution

    05/22/2016 10:19:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 22, 2016 | Clarice Feldman
    It’s a lie often repeated that Obama was a Constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago law school. In fact, he was just a lecturer there for a short time who never much impressed his colleagues. Watching this administration in action one wonders what, if anything, he understands about the Constitution at all. His is an administration based on flouting it. It’s true that the judicial process moves slowly and such conduct can continue for a while until halted, but repeatedly the courts are catching up. In fact, the Supreme Court has ruled unanimously against the administration 20 times....
  • The Supreme Court’s ruling on the continued existence of the United States

    05/22/2016 8:56:21 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/22/16 | Doug Book
    In 2013 the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Bond vs the United States. Posted on the Coach is Right website that year, the following piece made it clear that a ruling in favor of arguments presented by Obama Solicitor General, Donald Verrilli would have a disastrous effect on liberty. In 2012, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) vs Sebelius (ObamaCare) was considered by many to be among the most significant cases heard by the Supreme Court in decades. On its outcome would depend the continued liberty of the American people. For if our elected officials...
  • The John Birch Society vs. Article V

    05/22/2016 5:24:35 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Near the core of John Birch Society opposition to an Article V Convention of the States is mistrust of the American people. Dig further and one cannot avoid the conclusion that JBS opposes the essence of republicanism, the right of all peoples to determine the structure and boundaries of their government. While JBS has no apparent problem with the exercise of the people’s electoral capacity at polling places every two years, they curiously stand athwart the exercise of the people’s sovereign capacity via their states to frame their government. This isn’t to say JBS doesn’t support amending the Constitution –...