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We are always told of the filibuster’s supreme importance for the safeguarding of liberty against mob rule by whichever political party is at that particular time serving in the minority in the US Senate. The Senate is a cooling saucer, so we are told. Our founding fathers so distrusted democracy that they believed no issue […]

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As of this morning, there are two competing narratives over alleged spying and tampering with the Presidential election: the Russian Government hacking of the Democratic National Committee and now, the White House ‘wire-tapping’ the phones in Trump Tower. I wonder which of these is worse? Which will be the bigger story? More

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I’m sure I’m not the only one puzzled by this. How can President Trump address a joint session of Congress and have it not be considered a State Of The Union address? I mean, this is the exact wording from the US Constitution: More

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“To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men and not more so. They have with others the same passions for party, for power, and the […]

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..”anyone who wants to find out how not to handle a migration crisis is welcome to pay us {Sweden} a visit.” concluded Tove Lifvendahl in his article, “How Sweden became an example of how not to handle immigration”, The Spectator, Sept 3, 2016. Indeed, there have been numerous such stories over the past few years. […]

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In “CATO Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition”, George Selgin has proposed some concrete reforms which Congress could implement quickly, and which would help get the US out of its long-term doldrums by reducing the harmful interventions of the Fed in the US economy. I heartily agree with all of them, and hope the new administration […]

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In a most entertaining piece for Politico Magazine, Jack Shafer observes that: “There is no more consistent political tradition in America than presidents delegitimizing the press. In 1798, against the background of a possible war, President John Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts to criminalize his critics’ speech, notably that of newspaper and pamphlet […]

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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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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 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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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 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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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. 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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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. 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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