Category Archives: Constitution

Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP: A Threat to United States Sovereignty Presentation

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The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact continues on its way toward Congressional consideration. President Obama and the 11 other heads of state will formally sign the agreement in New Zealand on February 4, paving the way for Obama to send the agreement to Congress. Once he does, Congress has 90 days to make its “yes or no” choice.

Whatever the agreement’s impact on the American economy, the odious Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions, alone, argue for a decisive “no” vote. ISDS allows the establishment of three-member panels of international lawyers to rule on disputes between foreign … Read more...

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CONGRESS RE-WRITES the 10th AMENDMENT

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Mary Kay Bacallao, Ed. D.

The U.S. Senate Education Committee met with House members and approved a compromise version of the Every Student Succeeds Act last week. They plan a full vote on the bill shortly after Thanksgiving. The “Sense of Congress” as expressed in the House version, flies in the face of the 10th Amendment. Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution lists the enumerated powers of the federal government. Education is not on the list. The 10th Amendment addresses this. Specifically, “The powers not delegated to the Unites States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it … Read more...

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Two More Outlandish Rulings – Now What?

By
Richard J. Arena

Two shocking rulings handed down by the Supreme Court this week – one, King V. Burwell, rewriting the precise language of the Affordable Health Care Act, the other, Obergefell V. Hodges, assuming federal authority to define marriage, illuminate a central flaw in the American system of government – as it now exists. That flaw is the lack of a realistic institutional check on unconstitutional federal activities.
There was such a check prior to the adaptation of the 17th Amendment in 1913. Until then US Senators were appointed by their respective state legislatures, who also held the … Read more...

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The Time has come-

By
Paul L. Nally

Not To ask what price our Liberty, but what price inattention to it.

Mrs. Katharine Johnston’s death should never have happened. Then the Habersham child and now David Hooks.

As a former Police Chief and Judge, I have found it useful to look to the past for guidance and understanding. In 1604 Lord Coke ruled that (paraphrasing) a man’s home is his castle, and if the sheriff comes upon the King’s business, he may not break down the door, but he must announce his business at the portal.

From that time until our Constitution, that was … Read more...

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PENDING TRADE ACTIONS TPA/TAA/TPP CLARIFICATIONS, BACKGROUND, DISCUSSION AND MY THOUGHTS

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Larry Laibson

The general public is significantly confused on the complex “alphabet soup” trade proposals being talked about in Congress and the Media. Something as important as this 11 Nation deal that encompasses a broad spectrum of areas, including but not limited to “Trade, should be transparent at least on its overall scope and general objectives.  The absence of this transparency, especially with the many time spoken goals of this President to “fundamentally change America” appears by design by both he and Congress to facilitate mutual objectives.
There are three items on the table: Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), Trade … Read more...

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Magna Carta Libertatum And The Murder of David Hooks –

By
Paul Nally

The Great Charter of Liberties, commonly referenced simply as “Magna Carta” or, in the vernacular, “the Great Charter”, the founding document of all Common Law countries, celebrates its 800th birthday June 15th.

This document was hoped to bring peace between the King and his subjects in the time of King John. As was the usual reason for dissent, John, who had lost his ancestral lands in France in 1204 and tried for 10 years to regain them, raised extensive taxes each year to pay for the venture. Ironically, in the previous century, King Henry I had proclaimed … Read more...

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CLARIFICATIONS AND ACTIONS ON TRADE PRIORITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (TPA) VS TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP)

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Larry Laibson

There are many major issues and questions on both Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). There is confusion of what these entail and what is actually being voted on in Congress.  Are there Constitutional issues regarding “Powers” and responsibilities?  Is TPP really a Treaty? What does it cover and why is there such extensive secrecy?  Will America’ Sovereignty be affected?

Congress is voting on TPA which outlines guidelines for TPP’s negotiation by the Executive Branch and provides provisions to give President Obama “fast track” approval of TPP if and when it is brought … Read more...

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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.)

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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...

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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...

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Full House at Constitutional Convention Debate

Last Wednesday, Cherokee Cattle Company and Jack Staver and friends welcomed a full house of people to participate in a debate on whether or not a Constitutional Convention would be good for our country. Lance Lamberton of Cobb Taxpayers Association defended a pro-Con Con position, while Publius Huldah, a retired lawyer, stood firmly against it. After their opening statements, the audience was welcomed to question Lance and Publius directly. The debates and questions were very insightful.

The Madison Forum is very pleased to that announce that a discussion on the ramifications of an Article V Convention of the States at Read more...

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