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

Tag Archives: Constitution

Low Gas Prices Are Igniting Pushes for Increased Gas Taxes

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, February 8, 2016:  

For politicians with insatiable appetites for other peoples’ money, the best time to mulct taxpayers is when they aren’t paying attention. Especially when they are already enjoying savings of an estimated $550 a year in lower gasoline costs.

Most drivers have no clue as to what they pay in taxes when they fill up at the pump. Unless they live in California

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Low Oil Prices Are Tempting Politicians to Raise Gas Taxes

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, February 8, 2016:  

The White House announced Thursday that the president would be asking Congress to raise taxes on imported oil by $10 a barrel to be used to fund what the Wall Street Journal describes as “new green transportation projects.” The new taxes to be levied on oil companies will be passed down to motorists who will enjoy the opportunity to help the president fund those new projects by 22 cents per gallon every time they fill up.

The danger isn’t that the president’s bill has any chance in the Republican-controlled Congress, this being an election year and all. What is dangerous is that

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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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Federal Government Continues to Lose Trust of Its Citizens

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, January 26, 2016: 

The latest study by Pew Research shows that the average American increasingly distrusts the federal government, declining from a high of 77 percent in 1964 to 19 percent. Pew’s results, which are derived from a survey on 12 issues of more than 6,000 citizens, show “the American public

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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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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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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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Interior Secretary Halts All New Coal Mining on Public Lands

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, January 15, 2016:   

 

On Friday President Obama’s Interior secretary, Sally Jewell (pictured above), announced a moratorium on new federal coal leases, claiming that her agency needs time to review the rules:

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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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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 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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Somalia Bans Christmas Again; Says It’s “Not Relevant” to Islam

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, December 24, 2015:  

Despite a population of approximately 1,000 Christian believers in a country of 10 million, the threat of the message of Christmas is too much for the Islamic regime in Somalia. Mohamed Khayrow, the director general of Somalia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs, announced on Wednesday that “All security forces are advised to halt or dissolve any gatherings. There should be no activity at all.”

As cover, Khayrow claimed that such celebrations would be potential targets for terrorists. But Sheik Nur Barud Gurhan, deputy chairman of the Supreme Religious Council of Somalia, was clearer:

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Happy Anniversary John Birch Society!

This article by Bill Hahn, the Society’s Public Relations Director, appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, December 9, 2015:  

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Sign from the John Birch Society advocating US withdrawal from the United Nations

It was 57 years ago at the Indianapolis home of Miss Marguerite Dice when businessman Robert Welch began his marathon two-day lecture that launched The John Birch Society. There were 11 friends and business associates present and they listened intently as the philosopher-historian and great lover of America told them during 17 hours why they should join with him in an organization designed to preserve the American dream. Most agreed on the spot to be the Society’s first members and the organization was born on December 9, 1958.

A child prodigy who had read a nine-volume history of the world at age seven and asked for more, Welch was

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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Gun Restrictions

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 8, 2015:  

With Monday’s refusal by the Supreme Court to hear on appeal Friedman v. City of Highland Park, Illinois, the Second Amendment has, by default, suffered a grievous blow.

After the New Town, Connecticut, shooting, the Highland Park city council, following a contentious public debate, enacted a law banning possession of semi-automatic “assault rifles” similar to the one used at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It also banned possession of “high-capacity” magazines (those containing more than 10 rounds). Law-abiding citizens owning them were instantly — and now, apparently permanently — turned into criminals unless they could get rid of the now-illegal items within 60 days, as they would face either fines or jail.

Appeals by Dr. Arie Friedman and the National Rifle Association (NRA), along with those of 24 states’ attorneys general, were turned back

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Obama and the New York Times Work to Increase Crime in the United States

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 7, 2015:  

Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) reviewed the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and discovered that, contrary to views perpetrated by the likes of President Obama and the New York Times, gun violence in the United States is continuing to decline sharply as gun ownership increases. In 1993 there were seven firearm-related homicides for every 100,000 Americans, but by 2013 that had fallen by 50 percent,

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“Sheepdogs” Aren’t Allowed in San Bernardino, California

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, December 4, 2015:  

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Shetland Sheepdog

All it would have taken to end the massacre before it started at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino on Wednesday is one sheepdog. But in San Bernardino, sheepdogs aren’t allowed. Only sheep.

And wolves.

Sheepdogs – that rare breed of individuals who are willing to take on the responsibility not only of defending themselves but others as well – will be dismayed to find it

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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.