Justice O’Connor: It’s Vital to Understand Our Constitution

(Adapted from my post at GraniteGrok.com.) In a statement released earlier this week, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced that she has been diagnosed with dementia possibly related to Alzheimer's disease. She is therefore stepping back from public life. I suspect she's all too familiar with what's ahead; as I recall, one … Continue reading Justice O’Connor: It’s Vital to Understand Our Constitution

If We Still Followed the Constitution Few Would Care Who is on the Supreme Court

Based on the mass protests, the despicable conduct during the confirmation hearings, and the shameful smear campaign waged against Judge Kavanaugh, it is safe to say progressives are outraged that President Trump has so far placed two Justices on the Supreme Court.  The framers of the Constitution and those who ratified it would be completely … Continue reading If We Still Followed the Constitution Few Would Care Who is on the Supreme Court

A Quiet Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court

Life goes on at the Supreme Court, vacancy or no. Last Monday, on the opening day of the term, the Court announced that it will not hear a challenge to a 2014 Tennessee ballot measure, Amendment 1, which stated "nothing in this [state] Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion." Or, if you prefer, … Continue reading A Quiet Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court

Does President Trump Have the Authority to Replace NAFTA as Proposed?

For the past couple of days the internet has been filled with headlines like the following:   Trump replaces NAFTA and triumphs -- New trade deal with Mexico is YUGE win for both countries. I was thrilled when I saw the headlines.  NAFTA has been an unmitigated disaster for American manufacturing jobs.  After reading the articles … Continue reading Does President Trump Have the Authority to Replace NAFTA as Proposed?

Failed state Illinois creating distraction from pension crisis by trying to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Illinois cannot cope with the present, let alone with the future, so it's fighting a symbolic battle from the past. Here's a little history lesson: In 1972 Congress submitted the Equal Rights Amendment to the state legislatures, which read: Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the … Continue reading Failed state Illinois creating distraction from pension crisis by trying to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Student Protests and the Constitution

As the media applauded the student protests against guns, most reporters failed to understand the nature of constitutional law and the First Amendment. Simply put, students who are not 18 years old don’t, for the most part, have many rights under the Constitution during the school day. Schools can ban websites and social media. Cellphone … Continue reading Student Protests and the Constitution

Electors: At this point, “voting your conscience” means electing Donald Trump

Americans supporting candidates other than Donald Trump had 17 months to make the case to America why he shouldn't be the next President of the United States. Based upon the rules set forth in the Constitution and subsequent election laws passed over the last 220 years that every candidate agreed to when they initiated their campaigns, … Continue reading Electors: At this point, “voting your conscience” means electing Donald Trump

The Federal Regulatory Nightmare is Unconstitutional

Federal regulations place an enormous burden on our economy.  They are strangling every individual and business with red tape.  Earlier this year the Competitive Enterprise Institute released this report detailing the exact size of this regulatory nightmare.  Here are some highlights from that report. The total cost of regulatory compliance for 2015 alone was $1.885 … Continue reading The Federal Regulatory Nightmare is Unconstitutional

Restoring our Constitutional Republic: A how to guide

Contrary to what is taught in colleges and promoted by the media today; the government created by the US Constitution is not a democracy, it is a constitutional republic. About a century ago progressives began systematically transforming this country from a constitutional republic into a European style parliamentary democracy. They accomplished this by elevating laws … Continue reading Restoring our Constitutional Republic: A how to guide

Every State Should Adopt the Nebraska-Maine Method for Assigning Electoral College Votes

It's not always fun being a conservative in California. When election day comes around, I'm used to casting my symbolic vote knowing that none of my candidates for national races have a chance of winning. It was the opposite when I lived in Oklahoma. I couldn't lose. Oh, what fun it would be to live in … Continue reading Every State Should Adopt the Nebraska-Maine Method for Assigning Electoral College Votes

Why Black Americans Think That the Federal Government is Our Friend

by baldilocks Originally posted on December 10, 2009. While hanging out yesterday at Ace's yesterday [sic; December 9, 2009] as he was flogging racists, I happened to mention that many if not most black Americans view the federal government as beneficial and friendly.  Some other commenters were surprised and I was surprised at their surprise, … Continue reading Why Black Americans Think That the Federal Government is Our Friend

What’s bad for the debt is worse for foreign relations

By Steve Eggleston In case you haven't heard, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), unanimously reported favorably out of committee a bill that supposedly gives Congress a "right of refusal" on any agreement between the civilized world and Iran on Iran's nuclear ambitions. My immediate reaction, in the comments section … Continue reading What’s bad for the debt is worse for foreign relations

The Fifth Amendment – Some Perspective

I was talking with a friend of mine recently about some issues that arise on the nightly news.  Many of these revolve around the Constitution and various things that show up on the nightly news about this document.  The friend was also an Army Veteran and between the two of us have spent enough years … Continue reading The Fifth Amendment – Some Perspective

Justice and Constitution via Wikipedia Entry

Today on Morning Joe came the full court press for Gay Marriage. At the table for the "republican" side is Nicole Wallace & Steve Schmidt architects of the great GOP defeat of 2008 where they don't bother to have a single person to challenge them on their bias. The amazingly weak arguments presented were something … Continue reading Justice and Constitution via Wikipedia Entry

The right to health care, explained

When the cat's away, the mice will play.  While Da TechGuy is in Maine with DaWife, I'm running amok on his blog. In one of my ConConCon posts, a commenter stated that there was a "de facto right to health care" because of the requirement that emergency rooms treat patients.  Now, our intrepid commenter should … Continue reading The right to health care, explained