Collectivism, the Environment’s Real Danger

By
Bradley Opitz

Each year, Earth Day is celebrated by many people all around the world. It is a day that is set aside for a time of reflection on the physical state of the earth, and to celebrate the planet that humanity has always called home.  Coincidentally, the day that has been set aside to celebrate earth coincides with the date of birth of a man named Vladimir Lenin.  Being that April, 22 is the date of two important events, it is rather fitting that close attention is paid to how economics has real effects on the physical well … Read more...

Report of RNC National Committeeman Randy Evans

By
Randy Evans

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as Georgia’s National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee.  It has been an honor to serve and represent Georgia Republicans.

As promised, I hit the ground running with the help of my fellow members of the RNC.  I knew I had big shoes to fill following Committeeman Alec Poitevint, and I believe I have carried on the tradition of influential leaders on the RNC.

During my first term, Chairman Reince Priebus and the RNC named me to the Rules Committee, the Subcommittee on Primaries and Caucuses, the Subcommittee on Debates, … Read more...

Dine and Dash in the US Economy, Reconsidering Ian Ruined’s “I at Least Shagged” – A Siren’s Song to the American Odyssey

(Please note that Michael Anderson is a respected MD practicing as a pediatrician and constitutional attorney who clerked for a Federal Appeals Court Judge.  He, as all our writers, is a Madison Forum Member.)

By
Michael Anderson

Reconsidering the Sirens’ song from Ayn Rand’s (aka “Ian Ruined”), that oddly influential book that may have been originally titled as “I at Least SHAGGED”.  Perhaps publishers believed US readers would miss the nuance of British slang, and re-named “I at Least Shagged” to “Atlas Shrugged.” The “Shagged” version of the title reads with more candor.  Here I express my disappointment and anger … Read more...

Checking Federal Power Abuse

By
Richard Arena

The Tea Party movement began when the silent majority finally found its voice (and feet) in 2009.  Millions of Americans across the width and breadth of the county marched to their town squares, state capitols and the Washington Mall to tell their elected representatives they had had enough of government exercising powers beyond the bounds of the Constitution.

How the federal government came to exercise powers prohibited is a long and oft times controversial tale. Following is a Readers Digest version along with a suggestion for what can be done about it – other than march on … Read more...

Constitutional Presidential Qualfications – Difference Between “Natural Born Citizen” And “Citizen”

By
Larry Laibson

The Constitution addresses and differentiates between “natural born Citizen” and “Citizen” with the requirements different for President/Vice President and for Congressional Members.
Will the debate on the requirement of “natural born citizen” for the position of President come up again in the 2016 race? It should, due to specific Constitutional questions on several of the potential candidates.

The unique requirement for “natural born citizen” was specifically added to the Constitution because the President is also the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and there could be questions of divided loyalties or foreign influence (remember the Constitution was drafted … Read more...

God in the Classroom

By
Michael Opitz

Let’s start with the basics in several educational disciplines. First let’s look at Civics. The separation of church and state is not found in the U.S. Constitution. It is, however, found in the Constitution of the former Soviet Union. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has publicly lobbied the point that because the U.S. is part of the world community; they (members of the Supreme Court) must use other constitutions and international laws as input to arrive at their decisions.  There are other justices on the Supreme Court and judges throughout the entire federal judiciary that support … Read more...

The Merging of the Constitutions – Part II

This article originally appeared in the May 3, 1996 issue of The Cobb Chronicle and is reprinted in its entirety with the exception of a reference to 9/11.  It is always worthwhile to check on where we are to determine if we are following the map for our ship of state. This is the second of a two part series on this subject.

By
Michael S. Opitz

This column continues the exploration of influences on Supreme Court rulings that was discussed in the previous issue of the Political Vine.  The focus of that column was the possible influence of the … Read more...

The Merging of the Constitutions – Part I

My following column appeared on April 5, 1996 in the Cobb Chronicle. It is always worthwhile to check on where we are to determine if we are following the map for our ship of state. This is the first of a two part series on this subject.

By
Michael S. Opitz

The United States Supreme Court, in its historic 1964 decision, ruled that prayer in public schools is illegal because it violates the First Amendment’s principle of separation of church and state. The judicial court system at all levels across the land has expanded that ruling to include the prohibition … Read more...

A Brave New Society – Huxley Would Be Proud

By
Michael S. Opitz

Because of the myriad of state and federal laws, including a Supreme Court ruling regarding marriage between people of the same gender, we now have a many faceted foundation to discuss related issues.  The debate is now in full swing regarding its extension to full legal recognition of civil unions or “domestic partner” relationships and homosexual marriages.

If the direction of our society is to be determined by individual judges and not through the legislative process, then it becomes important that we understand and anticipate the results and societal effects based upon judicial rulings and logical … Read more...

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