Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Constitution

Article I Project Aims to Restore Balance Between Congress, White House

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, February 5, 2016:  

Following the three-day National Lawyers Convention in Washington in November sponsored by the Federalist Society, the Article I Project was announced. Designed to restore the balance of powers provided for by the Founders in Article I of the U.S. Constitution, the project was picked up quickly by Representatives Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).

The project is necessary, according to the Federalist Society, because

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Angst over Federal Government Continues to grow

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 27, 2016: 

Two of the best-known aphorisms on freedom come from Samuel Adams and Anonymous. First, Anonymous: “The essence of freedom is the limitation of government.” Samuel Adams expanded on it with this:

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Gun Permit Applications Swamping Local, Federal Agencies

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, January 20, 2016:  

In the month following the San Bernardino shooting, applications for concealed weapons permits in San Bernardino County and neighboring Riverside County jumped from the usual 80 requests per month to more than 750, swamping officials in both counties. In San Bernardino, applications are being delayed up to 18 months, while in Riverside application appointments are being scheduled out to September.

John Lott, founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center, expressed the frustration of many:

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Oregon Gun Bill “Most Dangerous” Ever Offered

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, January 19, 2016:  

When the Oregon Firearms Federation (OFF) received a copy of draft legislation that could end a citizen’s Second Amendment rights with a phone call or an e-mail, it called it “one of the most dangerous pieces of anti-gun legislation we have ever seen.”

The bill, LC 250, offered by “committee” but drafted with the help of Democrat Senator Floyd Prozanski (who has a photo of himself shaking hands with President Obama on his Facebook page), states that “a reporter”

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Second Amendment Momentum Builds; More Law Officers Urge Gun Ownership

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 18, 2016:  

An increasing number of law enforcement officials are publicly encouraging citizens to take personal responsibility for their own safety.

Florida Sheriff Grady Judd was blunt in speaking to criminals considering invading any citizen’s home in Polk County: “If you are foolish enough to break into someone’s home, you can expect to be shot.”

In speaking to his constituents, he was equally blunt:

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Ignoring Due Process is now the Weapon of Choice by Anti-gunners

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 20, 2016: 

The history of due process reaches far back into history, farther than the Fourth Amendment’s guarantees of citizens’ rights to “be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures … [and that] no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” It goes back to Clause 39 of the Magna Carta:

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Does Nicholas Kristof Speak for the Establishment?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, January 18, 2016:  

Nicholas Kristof certainly has all the credentials to be such a spokesman. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with a degree in government, he studied law at Magdalen College in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated with first-class honors and won an academic prize.

He joined the staff of the New York Times in 1984, eventually being promoted to associate managing editor responsible for the Sunday edition. He has more Twitter followers – 1.5 million – than any other print journalist in the world.

Another establishment voice, that of Jeffrey Toobin, called Kristof

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Canadian Oil Company Thinks the U.S. Constitution is Still Relevant

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 15, 2016:  

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The blogger at InvestmentWatch concluded last June that the “Constitution Is Irrelevant. Rule Of Law Is Dead. Ruling Class Oligarchy Is The Power.” In less histrionic terms, the New York Times agreed, noting that the Constitution is “losing its appeal” with people around the world. Some want to replace it, including a Supreme Court justice. Some want to amend it. The present administration apparently doesn’t bother itself over the matter. On the day after the State of the Union speech, Obama’s chief of staff, ignoring any Constitutional limitations on the power of the president to issue executive orders, said to get ready for “audacious executive actions” by the president in the last year of his second term.

But a Canadian oil company still thinks there’s relevance in the language of the Constitution,

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TransCanada Sues Obama for Exceeding his Authority in Rejecting Keystone

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, January 14, 2016:  

When TransCanada filed its two lawsuits on January 6, company spokesman Mark Cooper said, “TransCanada has undertaken a careful evaluation of the [Obama] Administration’s action and believe there has been a clear violation of NAFTA, and the U.S. Constitution, in these circumstances.”

In the federal lawsuit, filed in Texas, TransCanada is seeking to limit presidential powers to prohibit future presidents from unilaterally rejecting such projects based on how the United States might be perceived by the international community.

Environmentalists want to leave untapped oil reserves in the ground and fought successfully over the past seven years to have the president finally reject the project altogether last November. TransCanada wants to complete the Keystone XL pipeline in order to bring crude from Canada through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines. If and when completed,

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“Audacious Executive Actions” Coming, Promises Obama’s Chief of Staff

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, January 13, 2016:  

Missing from the president’s State of the Union message last night was any reiteration of his promise to “go it alone” if Congress wouldn’t pass legislation friendly to his radical agenda. Some thought that in so doing he might be acknowledging his impotence during his last year in office.

On Wednesday Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, disabused any suggestion that he was backing away from imposing unilateral executive action. Speaking to reporters, McDonough imperially announced:

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Use of “Beware” Software by Police Is Raising Concerns

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 11, 2016:  

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For more than a year the Fresno, California, police department has been using “Beware” software for free before deciding to spend the $2,000 monthly fee for it. It is being touted by its maker, Intrado, as a way to inform officers responding to a 911 call about potential risks they might be facing. As Police Chief Jerry Dyer put it: “Our officers are expected to know the unknown and see the unseen. They are making split-second decisions based on limited facts. The more [we] can provide in terms of intelligence … the more safely [we] can respond to calls.”

As software that collects information and intelligence becomes cheaper and more popular (two years ago it was estimated that more than 90 percent of the 14,000 police departments in the country were using at least some of the available software), concerns about errors have grown,

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Many Challenges Face Obama’s Gun Control Executive Orders

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, January 6, 2016:  

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President Obama’s attempts to usurp legislative authority in his executive orders issued on Tuesday are meeting escalating resistance — enough resistance that may, for all intents and purposes, negate his efforts entirely.

Most commentators seized upon the threat to the separation of powers doctrine upon which the Constitution is based, including this author’s article published immediately after the announcement. While valid, likely court challenges aren’t the only obstacle standing in the way of the implementation of those orders.

For one thing, the ATF (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) already faces immense difficulties in successfully charging someone with illegally selling firearms without a license. Said Daniel O’Kelly, a retired ATF agent:

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Freedom Depends on an Informed Electorate

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, January 6, 2016:  

President Obama’s latest incursion into the legislative realm is being met by informed resistance. Without such resistance his Executive Branch would soon become the only branch. Thomas Jefferson knew it: “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people … they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” So did Robert Welch: “All we must find and build and use, to win, is sufficient understanding.”

The Constitution of the United States was built on this fundamental belief:

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Obama’s Executive Orders Threaten Separation of Powers

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, January 5, 2016:  

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There were few surprises in President Obama’s announcement of new executive orders on Tuesday as most of them had been deliberately leaked to the press in advance, reviewed by others sworn to anonymity, or covered in his radio address last Friday. Many of them are rehashes of previous attempts to nibble away further at Americans’ right to keep and bear arms guaranteed under the Second Amendment.

They included

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Obama Pushes More Gun Control; Most Americans Don’t Want It

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 4, 2016:  

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Just as President Obama is amping up the volume on his gun-control agenda, the American people are telling Gallup they really couldn’t care less.

Today the president will be conferring with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to confirm his opinion that he can issue gun-control regulations by executive order without congressional approval. Later, the president is expected to announce those orders, which are likely to include

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Obama to Announce New Gun Controls by Executive Order Next Week

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, January 1, 2016:  

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With time running out for his presidency, President Obama is hurrying to issue another executive order further infringing on Americans’ Second Amendment-guaranteed rights.

It’s taken longer than expected, as the Obama administration and its friends in the gun-control movement have had to work around existing law and find areas where they can impose those additional restrictions without having to go to Congress for approval. As White House spokesman Eric Schultz explained,

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Texas to Become 45th State to Allow Open Carry

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 28, 2015:

On January 1, 2016, a new Texas law will allow those Texans with concealed carry permits to carry their firearms openly, if they wish. That leaves just California (except in some rural counties, with a permit), Florida, Illinois, New York, and South Carolina with laws prohibiting open carry.

Much fuss is being made about the change — the first time since 1871 that Texas has allowed open carry — with law officers attending classes about how to handle the new law while business owners are deciding whether they should take advantage of a provision in the new law that would allow them to post signs denying open carry.

Al Flores, an attorney for the restaurant chain Gringo’s, which has 14 restaurants in and around Houston, decided against allowing customers to open carry:

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2015 Gun Sales On Pace to Set New Record

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, December 23, 2015:  

On Black Friday the FBI processed 185,345 gun background checks, the most ever recorded in a single day. In November there were 2,243,030 background checks, one of the highest on record. For the first 11 months of the year, the FBI processed nearly 20 million gun background checks, and that was before the San Bernardino massacre.

Now it’s winter, and Christmastime, one of the periods of highest demand for guns and their accessories. With momentum growing to own and carry a gun continuing through the end of the year,

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Chicago Averaging Eight Shooting Victims Every Day; Obama Blames Indiana

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, December 23, 2015: 

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On Tuesday the Chicago Tribune reported that the number of shooting victims in the Windy City so far this year is 2,887. A month earlier the paper tallied 2,703 shootings, resulting in 440 deaths. Doing the math: Chicago could very well record 2,960 shootings resulting in nearly 500 deaths before the end of the year.

And this in a city notorious for an “assault weapons” ban, a “violence tax” on every firearm and round sold, and strict limitations on the number of stores allowed to sell guns.

The obvious inference here, of course, is that gun laws

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GunTV to Mimic Home Shopping Networks by Offering Firearms for Sale on Late-night TV

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 14, 2015:  

Starting January 20, insomniacs and fervid firearms enthusiasts will have a place to go: GunTV. The home shopping network television show will provide six hours of early morning programming initially, from 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. ET, with plans to expand to 24/7 within its first year.

The timing for entrepreneurs Doug Bornstein and Valerie Castle, each with a successful history of using late-night TV to market other items, couldn’t be better.

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.