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Grateful for America!

Americans, All Americans, Should Be Grateful for Their Country By Paul S. Gardiner – February 7, 2019 The late political commentator Charles Krauthammer said, in describing the constitutional republic established by America’s founders in 1787, that the “American system was and is the most realistic in understanding the fallen condition of the human being.” As a…

COS Project Update

Convention of States Project Keeps Pressing Forward By Stuart MacPhail – March, 2020 The Convention of States Project (CoSP) with 15 of the needed 34 state-approved applications is currently most active in 4 states: Pennsylvania – HR206 (32 sponsors) carried over from 2019.  Passed out of the House State Government Committee by a vote of 13 to 11…

Free Enterprise

Free Enterprise – America’s Societal Glue by Rodney Dodsworth – December 30, 2019 While the Pelosi Left mulls endless impeachment orgies of President Trump, I’ve wondered what holds a fractured American society together. As opposed to monarchies and totalitarian regimes, republican government demands a certain threshold of shared interests, traditions, religion, and outlook. Without this commonality,…

Some Things to Think About

General quotes: “I confess that there are several parts of this constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them: For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller considerations, to change opinions even on important subjects, which…

Native Americans Were…Not Native!

You Know Who Else Colonized Land From ‘Indigenous Peoples’? Native Americans The ‘settler’ argument exacerbates racial tensions by projecting a historical narrative that white persons are always aggressors, never victims. By Casey Chalk – MARCH 5, 2020 Hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus and his three ships arrived in the New World, a Native American civilization conquered neighboring tribes and…

Honor is Everything

Everything Depends on Honor – Lest We Forget By Robert B. Charles – December 30, 2019 Have you ever thought about it? America’s entire way of life depends on honor. You may not think so, but it is a fact. Absent self-respect, respect for others, a sense of perspective on one’s place in society, history and…

Subverting the Electoral College?

Will the Electoral College be Subverted by the NPVIC?  by Stuart MacPhail, March 2020 The Electoral College and attempts to circumvent it continue in the news and in state legislative discussions.  On February 11 the Virginia House of Delegates adopted HB177 (vote 51 to 45), in an attempt to join the National Popular Vote Interstate…

Big Business Cronyism

WSJ January 18, 2020 Larry Fink’s Latest Sermon By The Editorial Board | 705 words BlackRock CEO Larry Fink is among the world’s most powerful investment managers, but it seems he longs for more influence. To wit, he has assumed a role as self-styled conscience of the business world in telling CEOs how to run…

CBO on U.S. Debt

CBO Outlook: Trillion Dollar Fed Deficits are Here to Stay – By Stuart MacPhail – March 2020 On February 6 Peter Klensch, writing on the WasteWatcher blog, reported on the January 28 report released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)… its annual Budget and Economic Outlook for 2020 to 2030. Klensch summarizes the CBO report as follows: “CBO…

Landlords Suffer in Seattle

WSJ February 1, 2020 Seattle and the State Supreme Court Wage War on Property Rights Landlords are forced to rent to the first person who walks in—even if he has a criminal record. By Ethan Blevins | 797 words Affordable-housing shortages are an abiding challenge for cities around the nation. But often policies meant to…

Polling on the Constitution

National Poll of Legislators and Public Just Released – Significant Information on Article V and Federalism – By Stuart MacPhail – March 2020 The State Legislators’ Article V Caucus (publisher of this newsletter) has announced the release of a major poll conducted on federalism and constitutional knowledge. The poll surveyed both the general public and state legislators…

Government Takings

WSJ February 15, 2020 We’re From the Government and We’re Here to Build a Bike Path Municipal officials are using eminent domain to take private property for recreational uses. By Steven Malanga | 860 words A handful of farmers in Ohio’s Mahoning County are getting an unpleasant lesson in government power at the hands of…

Association is Freedom

Unions Are Clearly in the Wrong about Freedom of Association If freedom of association is a right, then unions are in the wrong and pushing further in the wrong direction. Gary M. Galles – February 20, 2020 Unions have long justified themselves as exemplars of the right of freedom of association. Brenda Smith of the…

Woodson Center Exposing 1619

These Black Scholars and Leaders Rebuke 1619 Project’s Narrative of Victimhood “Our focus is on solving problems,” a new group’s mission statement reads. “We do this in the spirit of 1776, the date of America’s true founding.” Jarrett Stepman – February 19, 2020 An initiative featuring the writings of black Americans will counter and rebut a New…

Bill of Rights Protection

A Different Take on the Bill of Rights Rodney Dodsworth – February 3, 2020 I cringe a little when I read Facebook posts relating how our Constitution was designed to limit the federal government. They imply a pre-existing government went astray and needed curtailment. Our Constitution didn’t limit government in the way of Magna Carta…

Health Care Transparency

Fighting for Transparency in Health Care By Andrew Mangione – February 21, 2020 Last June, President Trump issued an Executive Order instructing his Health and Human Services Department (HHS) to create a rule that would require hospitals to disclose the prices for medical services they negotiate with insurance companies, in addition to the cash prices they accept for specific…

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