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Bureaucratic Authority & Independence


WSJ November 23, 2019 Notable & Quotable: Agencies ‘Aggressively straying from our mission . . . provides potentially potent ammunition’ for critics. 123 words From a Nov. 14 speech by Jay Clayton, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission: Straying from our statutory mission and authority means expending agency resources to advancing initiatives that are…


AG Barr’s Speech


Why the Left Went Berserk After William Barr’s Notre Dame Speech GianCarlo Canaparo / Kaitlynn Samalis-Aldrich / November 25, 2019 Nothing proved Attorney General William Barr’s point quite as well as the barrage of spite and vitriol that the left hurled at him for this speech. Rarely does a U.S. attorney general get such blowback for a non-televised speech…

Constitutional Convention On the Table Again in Idaho

Returning States Power


Forbes Writer: Restore Power to the States… NOW – By Stuart MacPhail December, 2019 On Nov. 7 Forbes carried an excellent article by Tom Lindsay entitled “Resistance On The Right: Will Conservatives Ever Come Together On An Article V Convention Of The States?”.  Lindsay is the director of the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public…


ERA-Congress Ignores Our Constitution


Removing the ERA Deadline is an Ultimate Congressional Power Grab November 14, 2019 While lawmakers fought in Longworth, one of the three House office buildings, about impeachment another contentious piece of legislation was being debated in Rayburn. This was Representative Jackie Speier’s (D-CA) resolution, H.J. Res. 38, to remove the original deadline of the 1972 ERA proposal….


Historians Rebuke ‘1619 Project’


But the New York Times’s revisionist history is being used in American classrooms. Lewis Morris · Dec. 3, 2019 Leftists have long relied on misinformation and propaganda to advance their agenda. They use outright lies and the rewriting of history to sway the young and impressionable to their cause because the facts are just not on…


US in Moral Decline


In 1798, John Adams, a leading Founding Father and our second president, said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” By Walter E. Williams, October 23, 2019 Attorney General William Barr last week told a University of Notre Dame Law School audience…


Three Good Reads


Three Especially Good Reads on Federalism & Citizenship  by Stuart MacPhail – November, 2019 “Is Congress Valid?” is a new paper written by former Utah State Representative Ken Ivory and published by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  The title came from a question by a young student in the American Federalism class at the Utah…


Capitalism Helps Protect the Environment


Breathe Free  As a country prospers, its citizens are better able to care for the environment and reduce pollutants emitted from industrial growth. Nicolas Loris / October 22, 2019 A recent Rasmussen poll found 20% of voters feel we should eliminate capitalism to protect the environment. That’s like saying we should eliminate teachers to improve education….


Three Failed Attempts at Socialism


These 3 Countries Tried Socialism. Here’s What Happened. Lee Edwards / October 16, 2019 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher observed, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” (Photo: Bettman/Getty Images) Lee Edwards is the distinguished fellow in conservative thought at The Heritage Foundation’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and…


Phoenix COS Update


Phoenix Correspondence Commission Meets, Adopts Charter by Stuart MacPhail, November, 2019 During September 2017, 72 delegates representing 19 states (plus 4 states with official observers) met in Phoenix, called by the state of Arizona for the purpose of adopting rules for the conduct of a future Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA)-focused Article V convention of states….


Voter Fraud: Project Veritas



Free Market Health Care?


Why Not Try Free Market Health Care? John C. Goodman October 17, 2019 I’m often asked if the free market can work in health care. My quick answer is: that’s the only thing that does work. Show me a health care sector where there is no Medicare, no Blue Cross and no employer and I bet…


The Reason for Socialism’s Appeal


Liberal Policy Failures Are the Reason for Socialism’s New Appeal Victor Davis Hanson / November 07, 2019 Why are the heartthrobs of American progressives—Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.—calling for socialist redistributionist schemes? Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and author of the…


A MAD Solution to America’s Problems


[Editor: Just a play on word nostalgia-there are deeper implication in the article] by Stuart MacPhail, November, 2019 In a recent Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) opinion piece Mr. Mayer pointed out that between the late 1940s and 1991 a so-called “Cold War” existed between the US and the USSR (and their respective allies). A doctrine of mutually assured…


Health Care Crony Capitalism


WSJ Oct 5, 2019 Kentucky’s Ambulance Cartel Is Afraid of Phillip Truesdell Legacy Medical Transport’s owner goes to court against a law protecting incumbent firms from competition. By Anastasia Boden | 712 words Phillip Truesdell is in the nonemergency ambulance business. When people are confined to a stretcher, need an intravenous bag, or are undergoing…


Concealed-Carry Killers Myth


Debunking the Myth of ‘Concealed-Carry Killers’ Concealed-carry permit holders accounted for less than 1% of total homicides over a 15-year period. Amy Swearer / Cooper Conway / November 04, 2019 The Violence Policy Center—a gun control advocacy group—released a study last month it wrongly claims shows that “too many concealed-carry permit holders are a direct threat to public safety.” That claim…

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