SCOTUS Abuse of America

Lies the Supreme Court Told Me By Roger L. Simon – February 22, 2021 In a fashion we must now regard as entirely predictable the Supreme Court of the United States has dismissed (i.e., thrown out) the various state challenges to the 2020 presidential election. Any decisions on these challenges were determined by the majority to be “moot” because the election had already been decided, and Donald Trump has conceded to Joe Biden. (Associate Justices Thomas, Alito and Gorsuch objected in varying degrees.) In other words, a stolen presidential election—if it happens, we don’t really know in this case—has an almost immediate statute…

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A Good Guy With a Gun

11 Times a Gun Stopped Matters From Getting Worse By Amy Swearer  – February 17, 2021 A woman shot and killed her abusive boyfriend as he forced his way into her home after assaulting her earlier in the week, police said.  We’re in a new year, but gun control advocates are back to their same tactics of wanting to make it much harder for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights. Perhaps one of the worst offenders is Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, who recently introduced a bill to create a national gun license and registration program that effectively would…

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Time to Return to the Sons of Liberty?

The origins of the “Sons of Liberty” By Tara Ross – February 11, 2021 On this day in 1765, the term “Sons of Liberty” is used in a letter written by Jared Ingersoll, Sr. The term would soon be adopted by many American patriots, and these “Sons of Liberty” would fight against British tyranny. Perhaps most memorably, of course, the Sons of Liberty were responsible for the Boston Tea Party! “The [American] people, I believe, are as truly loyal as any subjects the King has, but a people jealous of their liberties and who will vindicate them, if ever they…

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AZ Senator Sells Republic Out

Senator Boyer, all the people of Arizona want is proof that the November national 2020 election contained no ballot fraud. Why didn’t you help us to understand?

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HR-1: America’s Death Knell

HR-1 Guts Free Speech, Fair Elections, States’ Rights By Robert B. Charles – February 11, 2021 The first piece of Democrat legislation – H.R. 1 – is ponderous, a stunning attempt to curtail Americans’ 1st Amendment rights, institutionalize potential election fraud, and clip states’ rights. Here is how. Democrats want to redefine free speech and the electoral process, Constitution notwithstanding.  H.R. 1 would restrict, monitor, and intimidate political speech, including non-profits and conservative donors, while institutionalizing potential fraud by banning voter ID laws, forcing mail-in ballots, ballot harvesting, same-day and online registration, and one-party FEC (Federal Election Commission) control. The bill…

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Is This The Moment?

Is This The Moment America’s Founders Feared? There are some things which even a republic as durable as ours cannot withstand. By: Tim Donner – February 12, 2021 Among the many misperceptions of the American Revolution and the resulting constitutional order is the belief that these admittedly monumental achievements created a self-sustaining system of governance. Even in times of chaos and upheaval such as those we are living through today, we have always at some level convinced ourselves that ours is a system that can withstand most any assault, foreign or domestic. We lean on a legend – that the bundle…

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The Pandemic Spending Hangover

WSJ – February 13, 2021 Federal debt held by the public has reached 100% of GDP even before Biden’s plans become law. By The Editorial Board | 986 words Does unrestrained federal spending have any economic cost? Can federal debt keep climbing to be larger than the entire U.S. economy without consequence? Sooner or later Americans are going to find out, as Congress and the Biden Administration use the pandemic to justify an unprecedented peacetime spending binge. For the magnitudes involved, the best recent overview arrived this week in the annual Congressional Budget Office’s 10-year budget forecast. It deserves more…

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America Fighting Back

It’s Time To Build Our Own Economy By Andrew Torba – February 17, 2021 The problem with the American Populist movement is that it was centralized. Centralized movements give the enemy a central attack vector to target and overcome. One man, who took on the weight of the world, became the sole focus of both the enemy and of the American Populist movement itself for over five years. The oligarchs removed that one man from the entire internet, then they removed him from office. Everyone knows this, we all watched it happen. What no one has clearly defined is where American…

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Election Fraud

Natelson: Election Integrity is the Real Issue By Stuart MacPhail – February 2021 In an extensive five-part opinion piece published by Epoch Times on January 11, 13, 18, 21 and 25, constitutional scholar Rob Natelson challenges readers under the headline Don’t Be Fooled! Don’t Let Them Divert Us From Ensuring Electoral Integrity! Natelson says the furor over the January 6 incident at the Capitol building is a “diversion.”  He says, “The goals of this diversion apparently are to (1) move public attention away from election irregularities and the legitimacy of the Biden presidency, (2) forestall honest investigation into those irregularities, and (3)…

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American Voice

FREE WEBINAR FOR LEGISLATORS & CITIZEN ACTIVISTS By Stuart MacPhail – February 2021 Advancing the American Voice  (4th in a 4-part series) Presented by the State Legislators Article V Caucus & Path to Reform Tuesday, February 23 – 8 PM Eastern Time Register HERE The January webinar featured Prof. Larry Lessig, Senator Jim Rubens, Senator Kevin Lundberg and Senator Neal Schuerer.  View it HERE. Article V Caucus

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Four Scary Facts

Where We Are By Robert B. Charles – February 10, 2021 The US Constitution protects Americans against government suppression of free speech, especially “matters of public concern.” In a self-governing republic, election integrity, processes, outcomes, and public corruption must be discussed – trust depends on it.  Four scary facts define where America is right now.  Here they are. First, the 2020 presidential election sits uneasily with Americans. Those who voted Biden-Harris do not feel the outcome is honored; those who voted Trump-Pence question 2020 novelties and anomalies, including overdependence on mail-in ballots.  If done, they worry about the future. Easy to see…

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Justice Alito Not Surprised

Justice Alito Says ‘Not Surprised’ by Reaction to His Comments About Pandemic Restrictions BY JANITA KAN – January 31, 2021 Associate Justice Samuel Alito said on Sunday that he was “not surprised” by the reaction to comments he made last year about state restrictions in response to the CCP virus pandemic. Alito, 70, told a Federalist Society virtual convention last November that he thought the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic serves as a “sort of constitutional stress test.” He argued that America has “never before seen restrictions as severe, extensive, and prolonged as those experienced for most of 2020” and raised concerns over their impact…

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Big Business Folding

WSJ February 6, 2021 Woke Capital’s Political Warning Republican support for big business craters in a new Gallup poll. By The Editorial Board | 269 words Big business has helped Americans weather the pandemic. Retailers stayed open, tech firms made remote work possible, and the pharmaceutical industry is cranking out vaccines. So why did satisfaction with the “size and influence of major corporations” fall 15 points in this year’s annual Gallup poll to a mere 26%? The collapse came not among Democrats, whose skeptical views were virtually unchanged, but among Republicans. In 2020, 57% of Republicans said they were satisfied…

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School Choice Growing

WSJ February 6, 2021 School Choice Momentum in the States Republicans push education bills to give parents options. By The Editorial Board | 438 words The Biden Administration seems committed to indulging teachers unions that oppose charter and private schools. But the more important political action may be outside of Washington, as Republicans in more than a dozen states have responded to parental frustration with school closures by introducing legislation to expand education choice. Last week the Iowa Senate passed a bill to provide students assigned to low-performing public schools with education savings accounts (ESAs), which are similar to vouchers…

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Federalism Awakening

The Principle of Federalism is Getting More Attention By Stuart MacPhail – February 2021 Several writers have dealt with the topic of federalism over the past month. On January 8 former ND state representative Bette Grande (current CEO of the Roughrider Policy Center) wrote in Inform (an affiliate of WDAY – Fargo, ND) expressing amazement that Congress suddenly had so many strict constitutionalists as it dealt with issues surrounding certification of electors. Her piece is entitled Federalism is the only answer.  She says, “Federalism, recognizing the authority and autonomy of each state, is the only answer for our divided republic.  And, the Constitution is not a convenience…

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The “good German”

By: Dennis Prager – January 2021 Prager University As my listeners and readers can hopefully attest, I have been on a lifelong quest to understand human nature and human behavior. I am sad to report that I have learned more in the last few years, particularly in 2020, than in any equivalent period of time. One of the biggest revelations concerns a question that has always plagued me: How does one explain the “good German,” the term used to describe the average, presumably decent German, who did nothing to hurt Jews but also did nothing to help them and did…

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Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Current News about Constitutional Amendment Proposals By Stuart MacPhail – February 2021 In a January 10 column carried by the Colorado Springs, Colorado Gazette, former Iowa State Senator Neal Schuerer answered the question: Is it time for an Article V Convention of the States?  He answers affirmatively by saying, “We all agree that something is broken: it is self-evident that our voices are not being heard and that our national government no longer serves us but itself.” Senator Schuerer says, “Such a convention would likely be a series of official meetings where commissioners from all fifty states gather to discuss ideas, debate solutions, and…

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Trump & Our Republic

President Donald Trump and Article V. Restore the Republic. by Rodney Dodsworth – January 27, 2021 To bookend Benjamin Franklin’s famous remark at the close of the Federal Convention in September 1787, the unique republican design of Franklin and his fellow Framers ended on January 6th 2021. It didn’t fall to external forces; it fell instead to the usual republican disease of internal conflict incited by those who corrupt free governing institutions for personal gain. January 6th marked the end, the final soiling, when Congress accepted obviously fraudulent and unconstitutional electoral votes. The Party is in charge, but it knows that we know…

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The Original Article V

The Original Article V – in the Articles of Confederation By Stuart MacPhail – February 2021 Only a limited number of state legislators are familiar with the Fifth Article in the US Constitution and the powers that Article confers.  Sadly, a far smaller percent of American citizens are familiar with that constitutional provision. The Articles of Confederation (which preceded the US Constitution) also had a Fifth Article.  It might be regarded as “the original Article V.”  It dealt with the makeup of the national Congress, but unfortunately it did not provide a way to amend the Articles of Confederation.  There…

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Knock Down, Drag Out, Not New

WSJ January 9, 2021 The Founders’ Guide to ‘Knock Down, Drag Out’ Fighting The ratification debates of 1787-88 were colored by ‘patriotic enthusiasms’ verging on violent chaos. By Aaron Alexander Zubia | 889 words What should statesmen do when public passions go awry? On Jan. 6, pro-Trump protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol, breaking windows, interrupting the certification of the 2020 election results, and forcing the evacuation of lawmakers. The chaotic scene turned tragic when one person was shot and killed in the melee. This was unquestionably an example of unhinged enthusiasm, of passions run amok. Immanuel Kant once remarked that…

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Obama Impeachment

Impeach Obama for Inciting Black Live Matter Riots by Daniel Greenfield – January 26, 2021 On May 31st, a violent Black Lives Matter mob burned American flags, threw bottles at police officers, and started a fire in the historic ‘Church of Presidents’ which had been visited by almost every president. Another building was set on fire, and windows across the area were smashed by the rampaging BLM mob wielding baseball bats, bricks, and even more lethal weapons. Helicopter footage showed the Washington Monument wreathed in smoke from the fires set by the massive BLM assault on the center of our…

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“Democracy is a Volcano”

By Tara Ross – January 15, 2021 On this day in 1788, Fisher Ames addresses delegates at the Massachusetts state ratifying convention. Would his state ratify the U.S. Constitution and join the Union? Ames certainly hoped so. Nevertheless, the statements he made on this day so long ago may sound shocking to modern ears. The Founders wanted something better than simple democracy. Two wolves & a sheep voting on what’s for dinner is unjust. “A democracy is a volcano, which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction.” Fisher Ames – Member of the first US Congress. “Democracy never lasts…

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How the Left Hijacked Civil Rights

WSJ January 16, 2021 For centuries black Americans debated how to overcome racism—but they always emphasized human agency and individual responsibility. By Robert L. Woodson Sr. and Joshua Mitchell | 1580 words The civil-rights movement, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., helped deliver America from the historic sins of slavery and Jim Crow by forcing the nation to confront the full humanity of its black citizens. King’s words and actions glorified America by transfiguring its racial wound and revealing its redemptive promise. Yet today many black leaders have lost sight of King altogether and are aiding and abetting…

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Capitalism’s Wisdom Nuggets

19 Nuggets of Wisdom from the Best Economics Writer You’ve Never Heard Of Americans would do well to make up the deficit in their knowledge of the works of Arthur Seldon and his “life for liberty.” Gary M. Galles – May 29, 2020 May 29 marks the birth of Arthur Seldon. While too-little known to American readers, he was editorial director of the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs for more than thirty years, during which, The Economist wrote, it “brought to the lay reader the ideas of all the leading free-market economists and thinkers of the day.” Seldon produced a seven-volume set…

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Editorial: A look back at 2017 American politics

Trump & the Experts

WSJ January 23, 2021 Trump and the Failure of the Expert Class They were right about his character, but his defects were obvious to almost everyone. They were wrong about virtually all else. By Barton Swaim | 1736 words The Trump years had something for almost everyone. Progressives had the satisfaction of righteousness and a justification for daily outrage. What they didn’t have were policy victories, although they might have had a few if they could have refrained, even for a few days, from treating the president as illegitimate. For conservatives, the case was exactly reversed: They had some major…

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