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On December 9, 2016, Clinton dried her tears, fixed her makeup, and gave a “brave” speech wherein she said “fake news” was an “epidemic” and that “lives of ordinary people are at risk”. She called on Congress to “address” the fake news problem, and that right early. I don’t remember anybody saying then that she […]

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This was posted at Facebook. People were encouraged to repost it and sign it at the bottom. I don’t think anyone here at Ricochet will be too anxious to sign this. But it does talk about who this person will not work with, so curious, who will you not work with? If you agree with […]

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The Wall Street Journal’s Review section carried two reviews this weekend. One, Europe at the Crossroads by James Traub, is an essay covering two books Guy Verhofstadt’s Europe’s Last Change and James Kirchick’s The End of Europe. More

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now you enforce it! I don’t know who said it originally, and I know I mangled it, but the meaning is clear. Question—isn’t this ruling unconstitutional? If so, the President is within his rights to ignore it, or ‘nullify’ it, correct? I fear this situation is going to come to bloodshed. The question is, whose […]

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Trump should nominate Merrick Garland first

 

So here is an idea that could fit exactly the definition of “too clever by half.” Suppose that Donald Trump – in cementing his well-deserved reputation as the master uniter – says to the American people that President Obama nominated Merrick Garland before he, Trump, had a chance to nominate Neil Gorsuch. As a consequence and with an excess of deference to precedence and democracy, he was instructing the Senate to give Merrick Garland a hearing and, if reported favorably out of committee, a vote on the Senate floor.

What would happen? I would have to guess that the Democrats would run themselves ragged and, after it was all over, Garland would be turned down on a strict majority vote. After that, Trump nominates Gorsuch and, voila, he either gets a strict majority vote or else he gets filibustered, in which case McConnell goes nuclear and the American people say:

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Afraid Government Will Ruin Your Life? Reduce Their Power.

 

This weekend has seen protests from coast-to-coast, lawyers flooding airports, and media and politicians engaged in a to-the-death hyperventilation contest. Why? Because President Trump issued an Executive Order they don’t like.

Sure, criticize the wisdom of the order, the ham-handed rollout, or its weak legal vetting, but Trump is using a tool employed to sweeping effect during Barack Obama’s tenure. Conservatives consistently pointed out the extra-constitutional actions of President Pen And A Phone, but their warnings were laughed off as partisanship if not racism. Did these self-styled elites actually think a future President wouldn’t use EOs in ways they didn’t like? Of course not.

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I’m just wondering if anyone has taken the Hillsdale College quiz on the Constitution. It’s pretty quick, only 5 questions. I got 5 out of 5, but I admit I was just guessing on the question that mentions Abraham Lincoln. More

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According to the Blaze The proposed constitutional amendment specifies that senators could only serve two six-year terms, while House representatives would be allowed two three-year terms. [three two year terms. Error in the original. -UF] It also states that the term limits would not begin until the bill becomes law, so the clock for current lawmakers wouldn’t […]

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Time to Amend the Constitution

 

EJ’s (@ejhill) “Streetcar” post and the first comment made on it (by @judgemental) got me thinking about how much closer the Republicans are to control of all the institutions necessary to amend the Constitution than I ever thought they’d be in my lifetime.

In a flight of fancy, I started to dream up a wish list of what I’d do with that kind of power were I given it.

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Let’s Talk about Self-Determination and Federalism

 

I once worked for a holding company of three grocery store chains that were supposed to serve distinct customer segments. But customers of the full-service grocery store were complaining of low-quality products and poor service. Customers of the discount supermarket were complaining of exorbitant prices and products that were too upscale. And customers of the hypermarket were complaining that it had become a confusing blend of the other two chains. Inadvertently, centralization of back-office functions had caused the chains to lose their distinct identities. The resulting nondescript offering pleased no one.

Today the United States has a problem similar to that of my former employer: When it comes to government, people want blue or red; nondescript purple pleases no one.

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The Hellerstedt Decision and Operation Chokepoint

 

When Texas’ various abortion clinic restrictions were struck down by the Supreme Court earlier this year in the Hellerstedt decision, (full text found here) liberals cheered and conservatives were dismayed. The surface reasons for why each side felt as they did are obvious and not particularly surprising or interesting in and of themselves.

What isn’t as obvious is the fact that the reasoning underlying the decision would cut in the exact opposite direction of those parties’ normal rooting interests if it had been rendered on any other topic but abortion.

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On the Thanksgiving holiday, we give thanks for all our blessings. Here in the United States, Thanksgiving has been a national holiday since the 1860s. Yes, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November Thanksgiving Day. I want to declare how very grateful I am for having […]

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Small Victories Against Goliath

 

david-and-goliath-vbaAs much as we hate to admit it, many of us have felt victimized and outraged by Obama’s power-mongering, arrogant, and defiant administration. I look ahead and wonder whether the next president will tackle our disgraceful debt? What about the bloated federal government? Or the lopsided reality of a supposed three-part federal government? I’m also skeptical about whether Congress will finally reverse any of the administration’s or agencies’ abuses of the last eight years.

I think the first steps to correct these injustices are actually happening. The actions are small, but they have already shown signs of success in the past year, and suggest hope for the foreseeable future: Actions by the federal court system outside of the Supreme Court against the tyranny of our government will be the path to salvation.

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To Restore Article II, Elect Trump

 

Clinton, TrumpA little over 42 years ago, Sen. Barry Goldwater and Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott, both Republicans, went to the White House and told Republican President Richard Nixon that he didn’t have sufficient support in the Senate to avoid removal from office if the House impeached him, as seemed almost certain as revelations continued to pile up in the Watergate scandal. As a result, he became the first president in US history to resign from office to avoid becoming the first to be impeached and removed under Article II Section 4 of the Constitution.

About a quarter of a century later, Democrats in the Senate refused to remove a Democrat President who had violated his oath of office and obstructed justice, by perjuring himself, and suborning perjury from others via bribes and physical threats, in order to prevent a young woman from whom he had demanded sexual servicing from getting a fair trial.

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The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA, passed both houses of Congress unanimously. In the Senate, it had 24 cosponsors, including Dianne Feinstein, Ted Cruz, and both of New York’s Senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised to override President Obama’s veto, scheduling two hours of debate on […]

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http://city-journal.org/html/lone-star-quartet-14727.html There is a great piece today in the City Journal written by Aaron Renn entitled “Lone Star Quartet” (link provided). It takes a look at the successes and shortcomings of the four major metropolitan areas in Texas: Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. Aside from being an interesting read in general, this piece is […]

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The Abandonment of Conservative Principle

 

On Laura Ingraham’s website, Lifezette, Edmund Kozack laments the “Constitution worship” of those opposing the populist movement within the GOP:

The Constitution worship of those like Shapiro and Sen. Ted Cruz reveals that the mainstream conservative movement has largely forgotten the principle of imperfectability. The Constitution alone cannot guarantee some sort of political utopia. Man is fallen — a city on a shining hill cannot be guaranteed by a mere piece of paper. The fact that within a decade of the documents’ adoption the government was already trying to subvert it should be a clear indication of that reality.

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