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S.E.M., Vol. 1, No. 7
Federalist 69 - by Alexander Hamilton. 1. What are the chief characters in regards to the President as outlined in the proposed Constitution? 2. Why does Hamilton believe the term of office for a President should be longer than three years? 3. What was the term of office for the king of England and what, in your opinion, is the potential for abuse in such a term? Would the term of office of the king of England present any advantages - in the Founders experience and in your opinion - over over the new American system? Read all of the questions and post your response at our new resource Self-Educated Man

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A Sad, Confused, and Ominous Obamacare Decision

A Sad, Confused, and Ominous Obamacare Decision

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES In his scathing dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia summarized the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell in two sentences: “The court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says ‘exchange established by the state’ it means ‘exchange established by the state or [...]

Obamacare Subsidies and Justice Anthony Kennedy

Obamacare Subsidies and Justice Anthony Kennedy

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES It’s not too much to say that President Obama’s domestic legislative legacy could turn on the outcome of King v. Burwell, the landmark case argued in March before the U.S. Supreme Court, which a decision forthcoming soon. If the administration loses, Obamacare will become like Humpty Dumpty, [...]

How the Supreme Court Should Decide The Same-Sex Union Cases

How the Supreme Court Should Decide The Same-Sex Union Cases

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear four cases involving the issue of same-sex unions. These cases come from the Sixth Circuit where the U.S. Appeals Court had earlier upheld Michigan’s definition of marriage as limited to one man and one woman. That decision (DeBoer v. Snyder) created what [...]

Has the President Exceeded His Authority on Immigration?

Has the President Exceeded His Authority on Immigration?

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES In the State of the Union address, President Obama declared: “We can’t put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or refighting past battles on immigration when we’ve got a system to fix. And if a bill comes to my desk [...]

Obamacare on the Defensive Once Again

Obamacare on the Defensive Once Again

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES When Case Western University law professor Jonathan Adler testified before a House subcommittee on July 31, 2013, he had no idea that his analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) could bring that gigantic piece of legislation to the Supreme Court for yet another [...]

Conflict Between the Circuits on Gay Marriage

Conflict Between the Circuits on Gay Marriage

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES A month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a collection of cases which raised the question of traditional marriage vs. same-sex unions. Now, a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision may have changed all of that. By voting 2-1 to uphold same-sex marriage bans in four states under the [...]

Obama’s Medical Devices Tax … It May Be Harmful to Your Health

Obama’s Medical Devices Tax … It May Be Harmful to Your Health

JOHN SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES With the start of the New Year, one of the little noticed but potentially harmful features of Obamacare has now gone into effect. It is the tax on medical device manufacturers. The new tax of 2.3 percent is placed on the revenues of companies that produce medical devices such as heart valves, insulin [...]

Robert Bork and Grove City College

Robert Bork and Grove City College

Robert H. Bork JOHN SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES On a dark February afternoon in 1988, 25 students in a U.S. Constitutional History class waited expectantly in a little-used dining hall on the campus of Grove City College (in Grove City, Pennsylvania) for a special guest lecturer to arrive. I was the professor in charge of that [...]

The Obamacare Decision: A Mixed Bag

The Obamacare Decision: A Mixed Bag

JOHN SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES The case that received more media attention and more consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court than any in recent history has been decided. The 5-4 decision upheld the “individual mandate,” the central feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, i.e. “Obamacare.” Although the [...]

Obama’s Monumental Misunderstanding

Obama’s Monumental Misunderstanding

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES President Obama recently complained about the possibility of the Supreme Court striking down Obamacare. He used the term “unprecedented” and was critical of “judicial activism” engaged in by “unelected” judges. In so doing, he showed his monumental misunderstanding of American [...]

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