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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 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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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. 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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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. 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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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. 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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On Monday, June 27th, a federal judge ruled that clerks in Mississippi may not cite their religious beliefs as justification for denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves’ ruling came just days before a new law, HB 1523, was set to take effect that protected such religious objections. The editorial board […]

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There are only a handful of basic plot structures in fiction. One of them is “if this goes on.” So in that vein I will offer this “meditation” on the usurpation of power by a “gang of five” on the U.S. Supreme Court which has effectively made them five “philosopher kings” (see Plato’s Republic). They […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Process Is no Longer Due

 

shutterstock_150586103No guns for terrorists, the left emotes. It is a bold stand, as proven by the non-existence of people who disagree. The sticking point, as always, is how does one determine who is a terrorist? Their answer appears to be, because they have a list of terrorists. Duh. If only English jurist Edward Coke had known that you could simply grant this right to the innocent, and deny it to the guilty, how much time and money could have been saved on the act of stripping men of their rights?

Of course Joe Manchin wants the innocent to have a fair trial before being deprived of their property and fundamental rights. But the guilty? Why would we shield them in this way? Gone are the days of notifying men of the charges against them and granting a fair hearing. In are the days of noble government officials who can be trusted to suss out the truth of one’s guilt while being unburdened by standards of evidence, and other trifling limitations.

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The Tea Party has been neutered, if not strangled, by the two greatest demagogues of the nascent 21st Century: Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Both a Leftist autocrat and a Populist autocrat have no use for any group that would restrict the power of an imperious federal government to “fundamentally transform the US” or to […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. An Open Letter to Donald Trump

 

TrumpDear Mr. Trump,

As a voter, a military retiree who served three tours in the Mideast, and a truck driver, I wonder if you and I might be able to reach an accord? Because I know you appreciate people who shoot straight, I’m going to respectfully do exactly that. To be quite candid with you, you were not my choice for the Republican nomination. I supported Ted Cruz, given that he has spent his entire adult life advancing conservatism and was as well versed in the philosophy of this nation’s founding as any presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan.

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Democrats are trending Socialist – Bernie Sanders supporters are their future. Republicans have turned populist (at best). More

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Because I was in the right place at the right time a few weeks ago, I got to attend a taping of the “Uncommon Knowledge” Podcast Monday night. The invitation didn’t specify a dress code, but I asked ahead and found out a suit and tie was expected, which meant my normal evening attire wouldn’t cut it. After work […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A New Constitutional Convention Is Not the Conservative Option

 

citizenshipday09The other day Peter Robinson asked what I thought of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s call for a constitutional convention. (Peter will be interviewing Gov. Abbott for Uncommon Knowledge early next month.)

The conservative in me thinks a constitutional convention is a bad idea because of the inability to limit the convention’s work. We could go in with a Constitution with a separation of powers, federalism, and a Bill of Rights, and emerge with a wholly new framework of government that merges all state power into one government, as in Great Britain or Europe. A convention’s work would still have to gain three-quarters approval of the states under Article V, though the Convention could reject that process too.

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Trump’s support is from a loud, obnoxious and generally unthinking minority of about one-third of those claiming to be Republicans.The other two-thirds don’t like Trump, don’t want Trump and generally, I suspect, detest Trump as an ignorant, lying, con-man. Why do the Trump fans support him when it is clear Trump would lose big in […]

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In the 17th Century our English ancestors fought our first civil war, to reassert 700 years after the Magna Carta a measure of our liberty and some of the nature of our relationship with government. In the 18th Century, our own American forebears fought our second civil war, successfully asserting our individual liberties and personal […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Free Speech on Campus? Or “Soliciting?”

 

Can handing out copies of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights on a public college campus get you locked up? Until recently, if you tried to do so on the campus of Chicago-area College of DuPage, the answer was yes. Let’s go to the videotape:

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In this CPAC panel, Dennis Prager, Texas Representative Jeb Hensarling, and Utah Senator Mike Lee discuss both the cultural and legislative steps necessary for Congress to again be a representative and equal branch of government. They argue for taking legislative authority back from unelected regulators and regaining the power of the purse. More

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