The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Threat to United States Sovereignty

By
Tom Barksdale

In October, the United States and 10 other Pacific rim countries, after five years of secret negotiations, reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest free-trade agreement ever concluded. President Obama must wait 90 days after the formal announcement of the final TPP agreement before signing the pact and sending it to Congress; that could happen by Feb. 4. Lawmakers would then work with the administration to determine when a vote would take place. However, media reports on December 10 reported that Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell had told the White House that the TPP agreement … Read more...

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Local Control of Education is Lost

By Mary Kay Bacallao, Ed. D.

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 passed in the U. S. House and Senate this week.

After fighting this bill for almost a year, activists are wondering how it passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support.

Democrats call it a civil rights victory. Republicans claim that it returns authority to the states and ends federal control through waivers. No Child Left Behind wasn’t working; the rewrite is not “perfect” supporters said, but something needed to be done.
Is there evidence to support these claims? Reading the bill is the only way to know for sure.… Read more...

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CONGRESS RE-WRITES the 10th AMENDMENT

By
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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Judge Nally Explains the History and Power of the Grand Jury

Judge Paul Nally, Madison Forum Secretary and Chairman of Legal Education, spoke to a full house at a graciously arranged dinner and talk sponsored by the Canton Tea Party Patriots and The Madison Forum on November 12, 2015. The topic was the function of the Grand Jury, and Judge Nally is the acknowledged expert in Georgia.

The Judge led the audience through a reasoned litany of what our civic responsibilities are as jurists in Georgia. He placed the hierarchy of power in proper perspective by demonstrating through the words of the Georgia Constitution and the relevant case law that the … Read more...

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Sheriff Neil Warren on Law Enforcement in Cobb

The Madison Forum was very pleased to have Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren, Madison Forum Member, speak at the Luncheon Meeting, Monday, November 9th at the Rib Ranch Restaurant.

Given the negative press targeted toward law enforcement lately, this was an excellent chance to meet Sheriff Warren and understand his policies. The Madison Forum recognizes the outstanding job Sheriff has done in keeping Cobb safe.

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Dr. Tim Furnish Middle East Update

(Q&A at 34 min/24 sec marker)

The Madison Forum was pleased to have Timothy Furnish, Ph.D., Madison Forum Member, as our Guest Speaker at the Luncheon Meeting on October 12th at the Rib Ranch restaurant. Dr. Furnish gave us an informative session on  “Wars, Holy and Secular: Putin v. Obama in the Middle East.”

Furnish holds a PhD in Islamic, World and African history from Ohio State University.  He currently works as an author, analyst, guest lecturer, and consultant to US Special Operations Command on Islamic world issues.  He has written for “PJ Media,” “The Weekly Standard,” “History News Network” … Read more...

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Sen. Josh McKoon 2016 GA Legislative Update

The Madison Forum was very pleased to have Georgia State Senator Josh McKoon, Madison Forum Member, as the Guest Speaker at the Breakfast Meeting on Saturday, August 29th at the Rib Ranch Restaurant. Sen. McKoon gave his insight on the “2016 Legislative Session” and many other issues that will be of interest to Georgia voters.

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English Removed as the Official Language of Instruction and Testing in Taxpayer Funded Schools

By
Dr. Mary Kay Bacallao

E Pluribus Unum, on U.S. coins is Latin for “out of many, one.” Part of America’s national identity has been connected to the use of one language. Immigrants from many lands and language groups have assimilated into the United States. Learning English has been a large part of that process. New education legislation, passed in 2015, requires schools to test certain students in other languages, if they accept federal education money.

The “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015” includes new requirements for schools serving students who speak other languages. On page 39, line 5, S. … Read more...

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Part II-Today Through the 2016 Elections

Jewish Political Perspective

By
Larry Laibson

Introduction
In Part I of this paper, I outlined the historical Jewish political perspective which is unique to America. Jews have consistently been Democratic with the largest majority of any group overall (Blacks are the largest Democratic voting bloc in recent elections after switching over from the Republican Party many years ago). This is an interesting phenomenon as Jews in other countries are more evenly divided between the various Left and Right Parties. Jewish immigrants came to America from Europe/Russia to escape anti-Semitism in the old countries. They were generally religious and socialistic. It … Read more...

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Jewish Political Perspective Part I-History through 2012

By
Larry Laibson

Introduction
Historically, Jews have been Liberal and in the U.S. associated with the Democrat Party. Other than Blacks, Jews historically have lopsidedly voted Democratic. Why? What is the Jewish political perspective? Is it changing? How has the U.S. Israel relationship, especially under President Obama and the current Iran Nuclear Deal, affected the Jewish voter? Are the Demographics changing for the 2016 Elections?

I am a Conservative Jew. Until 2000, I had generally voted for the candidate and his/her positions with economy, foreign policy, national security, America’s Exceptionalism, Constitution, and Equal Opportunity for All being predominant factors. Social … Read more...

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