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Tuesday February 9th 2016

Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Constitution’

Does government help or hurt?

Does government help or hurt?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP when we consider that this government is charged with the external & mutual relations only of these states, that the states themselves have principal care of our persons, our property, & our reputation, constituting the great field of human concerns, we may well doubt whether our organisation is not too [...]

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part V

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part V

American Debate Following the nation-wide riots in 1877, Congress debates appropriating money for the Army. Rep. William Kimmel (D., Maryland) argues for funding the militia, Rep. Herman L. Humphrey (R., Wisconson) for funding the Army. To determine the question whether a standing army such as any we are likely to have in this [...]

The Change Liberals Want Most

The Change Liberals Want Most

BY PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY If liberals could change the United States Constitution any way they like, what would they most want to change? The answer is in a new book by former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who for more than three decades wrote liberal decisions, before retiring in 2010 and allowing President Obama to fill his position with [...]

Obamacare Versus the U.S. Constitution

Obamacare Versus the U.S. Constitution

BY ALAN CARUBA In a nation where Congress has already determined how much water your toilet tank can hold and whether you can purchase a 100-watt incandescent light bulb, the assertion of federal power is now so great and so unbounded that a case concerning the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), brought by 26 states [...]

America’s Dark Mood

America’s Dark Mood

By Alan Caruba It is possible for an entire nation to suffer depression? Not the financial, but the emotional kind. I have not spoken to anyone, however, that has expressed any optimism about the state of the nation and the air is full of conspiracy theories regarding what new action Barack Obama might take. The most popular of these is that [...]

System Failure on a Global Scale

System Failure on a Global Scale

By Alan Caruba We are living in times when the structures involving the global financial system, national security, and self-governance are under attack, decaying, or just self-destructing due to all the ills to which humanity is prone. Wars in the twentieth century were always an example of either the failure of nations to resolve their [...]

Commentary—Reynolds on Second Amendment Penumbras

Commentary—Reynolds on Second Amendment Penumbras

Democratic Thinker, American Thought DISCLAIMER: Democratic Thinker is a member of the National Rifle Association and supports the right of all citizens to defend themselves during all lawful activities anywhere they find themselves; be it public places, highways and byways, business establishments, churches, schools, etc. I believe in the [...]

The Mormon Thing

The Mormon Thing

By Alan Caruba Article VI, U.S. Constitution: “…No religious test shall ever been required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” First things first—I know very little about the Mormon faith system and, frankly, I don’t care. I may or may not have friends who are Mormon, but since I don’t ask [...]

Franklin: Freedom of the Press

Franklin: Freedom of the Press

Democratic Thinker, American Debate Benjamin Franklin, after the adoption of the Federal Constitution, ponders the abuse of the constitutionally protected freedom on the press. But since so much has been written and published on the federal constitution, and the necessity of checks in all other parts of good government has been so clearly [...]

President Bobblehead

President Bobblehead

By Alan Caruba As President Obama’s head moved robotically from left to right and back again while his eyes followed the scroll of text on the teleprompters, I began to think about this ever-present factor for all his speeches and why this man is president at all. It’s not that he isn’t in a world of trouble two-and-a-half years into [...]

Flash Mobs: Being Young, Black, and Male in America Today

Flash Mobs: Being Young, Black, and Male in America Today

By Alan Caruba Those who follow my commentaries know that I rarely discuss race in America. I find it an unhappy topic at best and, from my readings in U.S. history, I feel safe in saying there was never a good time to be Black in America. Slavery before, during and after the American Revolution was a stain on the nation and, though some [...]

A Balanced Budget Amendment is No Panacea

A Balanced Budget Amendment is No Panacea

By Alan Caruba As this is being written, early Sunday evening, the House has passed Speaker Boehner’s legislation, rejected on arrival in the Senate, and the Senate has rejected Majority Leader Harry Reid’s! While the details of how much spending is to be cut are being negotiated, the sticking point is the insistence by some on a [...]

Demophilus—Principles of the English Constitution: English Constitution

Demophilus—Principles of the English Constitution: English Constitution

Principles of the Ancient English Constitution, Democratic Thinker Shortly after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a writer under the pseudonym of Demophilus publishes a small booklet—The Genuine Principles of the Ancient Saxon, or English Constitution—calling for constitutions framed in accordance with the common practices of [...]

The Civil War Began 150 Years Ago – April 12, 1861

The Civil War Began 150 Years Ago – April 12, 1861

By Alan Caruba The American Civil War began one hundred and fifty years ago on April 12, 1861. Historians will tell you that the South never had a chance of winning it. Theirs was an agrarian society, heavily dependent on millions of slaves. How many millions? An 1860 census found that slaves constituted 13% of the population, numbering [...]

Nullification in 2011!

Nullification in 2011!

By Alan Caruba The great issue of our times is the same great issue of the 1830s. The question is whether Congress can pass legislation or the President issue executive orders that are not authorized by or consistent with the Constitution? The federal government is a republic composed of separate and sovereign republics. What recourse do [...]

Any Fool Can Understand the Commerce Clause

Any Fool Can Understand the Commerce Clause

By Alan Caruba I am not a lawyer. I never wanted to be a lawyer. I have some friends who are lawyers and I forgive them and occasionally have to employ them. America, at the federal, state, and local level generates so many laws that the system requires a legion of lawyers to deal with them. The result is a general lack of respect for all [...]

What Communism Feels Like

What Communism Feels Like

By Alan Caruba Recently I received an email and requested permission to share it. It says a great deal about the danger of a government inclined to ignore the Constitution. December 15th is Bill of Rights Day; time to read them if you have not done so already. The text below has been lightly edited for continuity and is published with the [...]

Our Stealth Congress

Our Stealth Congress

By Alan Caruba We are living in an era in which our Congress and much of our government operates like a stealth bomber, destroying rights we assume to be protected by the U.S. Constitution and otherwise encumbering an ailing economy in ways known to make it worse. Take, for example, the House passage yesterday of the Dream Act, an end-run [...]

It’s Muslim Terrorists, Stupid, Not Americans!

It’s Muslim Terrorists, Stupid, Not Americans!

By Alan Caruba When was the last time an American terrorist got on a commercial airliner and attempted to blow it up mid-flight? The answer is never. The 19 hijackers of the 9/11 airplanes were all foreign-born Arab Muslims. They passed through airport screening despite having box cutters on their persons. My suspenders have set off that [...]

Just Because You’re Paranoid

Just Because You’re Paranoid

By Alan Caruba “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean someone isn’t watching you,” goes the adage and in America where there’s a television camera just about everywhere, as well as folks with phones that can record live action and transmit the video, it’s probably more true today than ever. My paranoia tends to focus on [...]