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

Lee and Labrador Offer Weak-kneed Pushback to Same-sex Ruling

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 1, 2015: 

In their rush to “do something” to fend off some of the negative impacts of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that are certain to fall on individuals and institutions reluctant to climb on board the same-sex bandwagon, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Utah) have offered a bill that would cement that ruling into place.

Called the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), the bill, if passed into law, would

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Pushback Against Supremes’ Same-sex “Marriage” Ruling Begins

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 29, 2015: 

No doubt anticipating what was coming in the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges on Friday, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Representative Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) introduced bills a week earlier to keep the federal government from discriminating against individuals and groups exercising what is now left of their First Amendment rights. Called the First Amendment Defense Act, Lee asked rhetorically:

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Presidential Narcissism Revealed in Charleston Speech?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, June 24, 2015: 

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When Democratic operative and pollster Patrick Caddell was interviewed by Sean Hannity last November, he called President Obama a “raving narcissist”:

Caddell: I just want to say … this man is a raving narcissist. He has absolutely…

 

Hannity: This is your president, Pat! You’re saying he’s a raging narcissist?

 

Caddell: He’s a raging narcissist who has no grip on reality. What he’s been doing … is that I’m king and I can rule like a king….

This is in line with how the Mayo Clinic defines “narcissistic personality disorder”:

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President Is “Angry,” Wants “Shift” in Attitude Toward Guns

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, June 23, 2015: 

Political commentators on the Left noted a significant change in how President Obama is making his case for more gun control. The change has been perceptible to Brett Logiurato at Business Insider, Sam Stein at Huffington Post, and Adam Chandler at The Atlantic magazine.

Just hours after the horrific massacre in Charleston, President Obama expressed his sorrow: 

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That Was No Love Letter Holder Sent to Brownback

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, June 15, 2015:

The Great Seal of the State of Kansas

Within days of learning that Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law the state’s Second Amendment Protection Act (SAPA), then-Attorney General Eric holder sought to put the upstart governor and his insignificant state in their place: SAPA was null and void. Federal officials would continue to operate in Kansas in spite of the new law, and if one of them were arrested, there would be trouble!

Wrote Holder:

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Federal Judge Tosses Brady Campaign Lawsuit Over Kansas Second Amendment Law

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 15, 2015: 

U.S. District Court Judge Julie Robinson punted last week on the Brady Campaign’s lawsuit against Kansas’ Second Amendment Protection Act by declaring that the Brady Campaign lacked standing to bring the suit in the first place. She wrote: 

At this time, Brady Campaign has not alleged an actual or imminent injury that is fairly traceable to the enforcement of the Act [that would therefore] be addressable by a favorable decision by this Court. 

 

Brady Campaign, therefore, lacks … standing to mount a constitutional challenge to the [state’s] Second Amendment Protection Act. 

This allowed Judge Robinson to avoid considering all the various “issues” raised by Brady: “The Court therefore need not reach the other issues raised in Defendants’ motion to dismiss.” 

What “other issues”? For starters is the law’s declaration that “any act, treaty, order, rule or regulation by the government of the United States which violates the Second Amendment of the United States is null, void and unenforceable in the state of Kansas.” 

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Congress, by Voice Vote, Foists International ID Cards on Everyone

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, June 12, 2015: 

Politicians have a knack for naming their bills with titles that are backwards, intended to deceive. There’s the Patriot Act, instead of the Fourth Amendment Obliteration Act. There’s the Affordable Care Act, which makes healthcare more expensive and less available.

And then there’s the Girls Count Act, a deceptive title designed to lead one to believe that it has something to do with empowering girls worldwide, making certain that they have access to services and are able to exercise all their rights. Even the opening paragraph expands the deceit:

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January 2016: TSA Will Require REAL ID for Flight Check-in

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, June 11, 2105: 

Anyone checking in for an airline flight on January 1, 2016 and thereafter will be turned away if his driver’s license isn’t “REAL ID compliant,” according to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials.

But, “it’s a choice,” according to Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles Public Information Officer David Fierro: “It’s not mandatory. It’s a choice for secured identification. If you use a passport when you’re travelling you won’t have any problems. If you use your driver’s license for identification, you’ll need to either apply for the REAL ID card, or get a passport.”

To be compliant, driver’s licenses must capture specific identifying details about the person and then associate them with a unique identification number. DMV.org lists those details: 

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Texas Governor Will “Sign Any Bill That Expands Gun Rights on Campus”

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 8, 2015: 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott now has his chance. On Sunday, May 31, the campus carry bill proposed in February by state Representative Brian Birdwell passed the Senate and is now on Abbott’s desk, waiting for his signature. He promised that he would “sign any bill that expands gun rights on campus.”

Once the bill is signed, students with concealed carry permits would be able to lawfully carry on the campuses of “all institutions of higher learning” in the Lone  Star State, starting September 1, while the effective date for community colleges is August 1, 2017.

This law rectifies a gap and clarifies and strengthens Second Amendment rights for students who have been discriminated against in Texas for years. As explained by State Representative Allen Fletcher:

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Obama Justice Department to Issue New Gun Regulations

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, June 3, 2015: 

As noted in the recently released Unified Agenda (the list of rules and regulations that federal agencies are developing), the Department of Justice is putting the finishing touches on more than a dozen restrictions and infringements of the Second Amendment to be effective by November. They include limitations on high-powered pistols that have recently come onto the market that fire high-velocity .223 caliber rounds, and expansions of the criteria for people who do not “qualify” for the right to own a firearm, including those convicted of domestic abuse and others determined to be “mentally unstable.”

These planned restrictions are in keeping with the president’s continuing war against the Second Amendment, framing them as a way to reduce mass murders. Following the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama said,

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Self-defense in the UK Is Illegal

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, June 2, 2015: 

British citizens seeking advice on what’s legal to use for self-defense found some answers at www.askthe.police.uk, a website sponsored and operated by the government’s Police National Legal Database:

Question 589: Are there any legal self-defence products that I can buy?

 

Answer: The only fully legal self-defence product … is a rape alarm.

There may be other products, according to the website, but they haven’t been fully tested and “if you purchase one you must be aware

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King v Burwell: Favorable Ruling May Help Economy, Hurt Democrats

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 1, 2015: 

If the Supreme Court rules in the case of King v. Burwell that words mean something, and that the words “exchanges established by the state” mean that only citizens in those states enjoy subsidies to help pay for their insurance under ObamaCare while those elsewhere do not, the impact of such a ruling would likely prove to be enormous.

The ruling due out shortly will either accept the concept that the words in the ObamaCare law mean what they say, or

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Rand Paul’s “Carpe Diem” Moment and the Patriot Act

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, June 1, 2015: 

When Kentucky Senator Rand Paul learned that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had called the Senate into special session on Sunday afternoon to reconsider extending the Patriot Act (and most likely the USA Freedom Act which the House just passed), he saw his opportunity. It was a “carpe diem” moment (“seize the day”).

He gave this to Politico:

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Sen. Rand Paul Vows to Stall Renewal of Patriot Act

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, May 31, 2015: 

On Saturday Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) saw his opportunity, and he took it, vowing to use his single vote in the Senate to block a procedural rule that would have expedited passage of the Patriot Act. This was his response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (also R-Ky.) call for a rare Sunday afternoon session to consider both the Patriot Act (which automatically expires at midnight unless renewed) and the USA Freedom Act (already passed by the House).

It’s only a stalling tactic, but

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Small in Stature but Towering in Courage

This article was first published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, May 29, 2015:

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One day in May, 2013, Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling’s boss entered her cubicle at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina and told her to remove three Scriptures she had attached to her computer monitor and her walls. Sterling refused.

The next morning Sterling discovered them in her trash basket. She put them back up on her computer screen and walls and that’s when the trouble began. Her staff sergeant, a foul-mouthed former drill instructor, ordered her in no uncertain terms that were laced with obscenities to remove them. Sterling once again refused.

All was quiet for a few weeks, but then, during reviews, Sterling became aware that she was being written up for minor infractions which hadn’t happened before. She was written up for

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Former Marine Appealing Her Court-martial for Posting Scriptures in Her Cubicle

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, May 28, 2015:

In May 2013, Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling posted a modified iteration of Isaiah 54:17 on her computer monitor and elsewhere on the walls of her cubicle in Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, as inspiration and an expression of her faith. Isaiah 54:17 says: “’No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,’ declares the Lord.”

Sterling shortened it to read: “No weapon forged against me shall prosper.” When her staff sergeant ordered her to remove it, Sterling refused. The next day Sterling found that the verses had been removed and put into her trash basket. She put them back, and that’s when her troubles began.

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Another Victory in the War to Restore Gun Rights

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Tuesday, May 26, 2015: 

Seal of the District of Columbia.

In his decision to issue a temporary injunction against the District of Columbia and its police chief, Cathy Lanier, U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Scullin is closing the circle on the last resistors in the long war against guns. It should now be called “the war to restore the Second Amendment.”

Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Heller v. the District of Columbia in 2008 that “the Second Amendment guarantees an individual’s right to possess a firearm … for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home,” the ruling council in DC thought they’d found a way to restrict gun ownership: ban all guns everywhere in the District except inside the home.

That’s when the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) sued the District in Palmer v. District of Columbia over that ban. The District did everything in its power to put off the day of judgment with appeals, motions to dismiss, clarifications, and other legal maneuvers. After five years of stalling, delaying, and dithering, however, U.S. District Court Judge Scullin ruled last July

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D.C. Loses Again in Second Amendment Case

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 25, 2015:

English: Glock 23 pistol

Glock Model 23

 

U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Scullin issued a preliminary injunction May 18 against the District of Columbia and its Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier from enforcing a law that all but prohibits D.C. citizens from acquiring a concealed carry permit.

He was blunt in issuing the injunction, declaring that the district had deliberately and intentionally made the application process so onerous and difficult as to prevent ordinary citizens from exercising the rights the Second Amendment guarantees to keep and bear arms:

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Texas Senate Passes Anti-sharia Law Bill

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 26, 2015:

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Translation: Islam is the Solution!

 

On Thursday night, May 21, the Texas state senate passed a bill that would prevent any international law from being used in Texas civil courts in deciding disputes. Radio station WOAI characterized the bill as an “anti-sharia” bill, but state Senator Donna Campbell said that her bill doesn’t mention sharia law at all, just that it guarantees that no law from “foreign courts” would be used to override American law in settling civil matters.

When pressed for clarification about just which such laws she was concerned about, and could she provide an example, she whiffed: “No foreign law [specifically].… This just provides a context for judicial discretion … that we don’t trump Texas law, American law, with a foreign law regarding family law.”

Whether Campbell knew it or not, her bill, if signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, would make Texas the next

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Passage of the Freedom Act Assures Continuation of the Surveillance State

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, May 15, 2015: 

Passage of The Freedom Act in the House on Wednesday, May 13, 338-88, was for show only. The bill with real teeth that would have done something substantial about rolling back the surveillance state is collecting dust in Speaker John Boehner’s inbox.

Freedom Act 2.0 is even weaker than the one the House passed last year, which the Senate essentially ignored until it was too close to the midterms for it to vote on. It does not, as sponsor Rep. James Sensenbrenner hoped it would, end the surveillance state, nor even slow it down. It merely shifts the collection center from Utah to the phone companies. Under the bill,

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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.