Serious students of the Constitution know that the federal government is operating well beyond the bounds of the powers the states delegated to it. Those who defend this extra-constitutional power expansion argue that the Founders could not have envisioned the complexities and advanced technologies of the 21st century and therefore the need for corresponding additional federal powers.
In fact the Framers did anticipate the need to modify the Constitution to meet unforeseen future circumstances. That is the purpose of Article V which provides two methods for the states to amend the Constitution. (Congress may propose amendments, but … Read more...
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...
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...
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...
By: Donald S. Conkey
Recently I learned that, while not a national holiday, February 1 each year is “National Freedom Day” here in America. I wonder how many Americans have ever heard of our “National Freedom Day?” National Freedom Day remembers the day Abraham Lincoln signed a resolution for the United States Constitution’s 13th amendment in order to abolish slavery, February 1, 1865. This amendment was quickly ratified on December 18, 1865. The first commemoration of National Freedom Day took place on February 1, 1942, although it was not made into law yet. A tradition of laying a wreath at … Read more...
By M.G. Anderson
Will Liberty remain with a nation without virtue among its people? No, answered the Patriots who founded our nation. When asked his opinion on our new constitutional government Ben Franklin cautioned “It is A Republic … If you can keep it.”
When reading the words of the other Colonial Patriots one asks “How did they define virtue?” In their day they drew from commonly familiar Biblical accounts for defining terms such as virtue. For example, the Colonial would have been mindful how an ancient Hebrew people governed themselves by written laws as recorded in their books. From … Read more...
By Donald S. Conkey
Tired of all the political rhetoric yet? Many are, including me, but this vetting process is an important part of choosing our elected leaders, especially the president of the United States. Only the Lord’s way is a better way. This process still has a year to go before the November 2012 election, which likely will be the most important election Americans will ever vote in. Who they choose to be their president in 2012 will determine the future of America for years to come. If Obama is reelected and given an additional four years … Read more...
By: J. Randolph Evans
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs says this on its website (at http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/):
The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.
Somewhere, the “honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed … Read more...
By Don Coakley
Last week my column extolled the beauty of our Eagle Watch community and how that beauty brings solace to one’s mind and soul. I suppose we all wish life’s problems could be resolved so simply; by looking out over the fairway of a golf course into a distant mountain range. But we also know life’s challenges cannot be solved so easily. After all life is a proving time, as Moses told the Israelites, after their 40 year sojourn in their wilderness, “to humble thee, to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether … Read more...
By Les Dunaway
Well, it’s been a rough week! With every indication of more rough times to come.
The economy continues to sputter and 1Q11 was worse that we thought [read]
There’s lots of punditry about what the debt ceiling impasse will mean:
- Debt ceiling: Will I get my Social Security check? [read]
- What Will Happen If Debt Ceiling Is Not Raised And The US Defaults? [read]
- What Will Happen If The Debt Ceiling Isn’t Raised? [read]
But, here is the real issue:
- Wiedemer: US Treasurys Now a ‘Toxic Asset,’ Debt Deal
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