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

Genie Out of the Bottle: Nullification Efforts are Gaining Momentum

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 11, 2015: 

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Once perceived to be invincible, government bureaucrats issuing decrees and mandates from on high are being exposed for what really are: Wizards of Oz. It was Tom Woods’ book, Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century that let the genie out of the bottle.

All Woods did was explain how the founders intended for the states to be the last line of defense against federal overreach. It put in place the Bill of Rights which contains the Tenth Amendment:

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Defense Department, Bloomberg Expand War on Guns

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 18, 2015: 

In a lawsuit filed on May 6, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) complained that the Department of Defense violated the First Amendment in demanding that CAD (computer-aided design) files containing instructions to 3-D printers to print lower receivers of firearms be pre-approved. SAF is seeking a court declaration “that Defendants’ prepublication approval requirements for privately generated unclassified information, on its face … violates the First … Second … [and] Fifth Amendments to the United States Constitution.” The Second Amendment Foundation is bringing the lawsuit because Cody Wilson and his company, Defense Distributed (DD),

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National Reciprocity law: the Wrong way to do the Right Thing

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 18, 2015: 

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Member of the House of Representatives Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) has let his enthusiasm run away from his good sense. For the third time in a row he has offered a bill giving power to the federal government to force the states into granting nation-wide “reciprocity,” so that anyone with a concealed carry permit, or a resident of a “permitless” state, can carry anywhere he wants in the country without repercussions. An identical bill was presented in the Senate by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas).

Stutzman explained why:

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Pressure Building to Pass National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Law

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 18, 2015:

Official portrait of Congressman (R-IN).

Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)

 

In February when Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) reintroduced his Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015, Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced an identical one in the Senate. Stutzman touted his bill:

Americans enjoy a natural right to self-defense preserved by the Second Amendment. This federally guaranteed liberty should not be forfeited when state lines are crossed.

Unfortunately, this fundamental right has been under attack from the anti-gun lobby on both the federal and state levels. This bill preserves the right to keep and bear arms for law-abiding citizens while respecting the roles and responsibilities of state legislatures.

Promoters such as the pro-Second Amendment group Gun Owners of America (GOA) are urging their members to press for passage:

If you have a concealed carry permit — or if you come from a freedom-loving “constitutional carry” state that doesn’t require one! — you should be able to carry anywhere in the country without fear of losing your constitutional rights [just] because of where you are.

They go further to remind their members of what happened two years ago when Shaneen Allen, a Pennsylvania resident traveling by car in New Jersey, was stopped for a minor traffic violation. Thinking that her Pennsylvania concealed carry permit was valid in New Jersey, she

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Freedom Act Passes House, 338-88; Senate Likely to Ignore it

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, May 14, 2015: 

On Wednesday the House overwhelmingly approved the USA Freedom Act, 338-88, putting pressure on the Senate to approve it before the offensive Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act — the one that the government says allows unlimited surveillance of Americans’ communications metadata — expires on June 1.

The government’s interpretation of that law was ruled illegal by a federal court a few days earlier, putting more pressure on senators who support the surveillance state.

The current House bill is substantially weaker than one with a similar overall purpose that the House passed in the last Congress, which never made it out of the Senate before the November midterm elections. The new bill doesn’t end snooping. It merely

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Int’l Tests Show U.S. Students Poor in Math, Civics, Literacy

The recent flurry of test results on how American students are faring in school has resulted in much commentary decrying their dismal performance compared to their international peers.

The PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) study recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics compared the performance of 15-year-old students among 65 countries, including all 34 member countries of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and confirmed what was already widely known: U.S. students are nowhere near the top in math, science, or literacy. Twenty-nine educational systems turn out better students than does the United States in mathematics, while students in 22 systems were more capable in science than were U.S. students. In reading literacy 19 educational systems turned out more skilled students than the U.S. public school system.

Eighth-graders participating in the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) test given under the auspices of the Department of Education showed no significant improvement over their dismal performance recorded four years ago. Just 18 percent of them scored at or above the Proficient level in U.S. history, while 27 percent scored Proficient in geography, and 23 percent reached or exceeded that level in civics.

The latest from Pew Research — “What the Public Knows” — showed that

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Genie Out of the Bottle: Nullification Efforts are Gaining Momentum

This article first was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 11, 2015: 

Cover of "Nullification: How to Resist Fe...

Once perceived to be invincible, government bureaucrats issuing decrees and mandates from on high are being exposed for what really are: Wizards of Oz. It was Tom Woods’ book, Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century that let the genie out of the bottle.

All Woods did was explain how the founders intended for the states to be the last line of defense against federal overreach. It put in place the Bill of Rights which contains the Tenth Amendment:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Thomas Jefferson expressed the matter slightly differently:

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Nullification Spreading: Minnesota Invalidates FDA Restrictions

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 11, 2015:

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The Bill of Rights

 

When Minnesota State Representative Nick Zerwas was 15 years old, he was told he had only months to live. Informed that he wouldn’t be able to get a heart transplant, Zerwas was told by his doctor that he might be saved by a surgical procedure that was still experimental. Said Zerwas: “That was my right to try. I fully believe life is worth fighting for, and government has no role in getting in the way.” 

On May 1 Zerwas’ bill, the Minnesota Right to Try Act, passed the state house unanimously, 123-0. It had previously passed the state senate, 60-4, on April 21, and on May 5, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed it into law. 

In general the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibits access by patients to experimental drugs, but 

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Rutherford Institute’s Remarkable Record

This article was first published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 6, 2015:

The record of the Rutherford Institute reflects the record, activities, and accomplishments of its founder, John W. Whitehead. Whitehead founded a pro-bono law firm in 1982, and has compiled a record of accomplishments in the freedom fight that is breathtaking in its scope.

The latest is a tiff between the city of Harrisonburg, Virginia and a small church that dared to post some pro-life posters on its fence. A disgruntled and offended resident complained, and the city sent a letter to the church threatening fines and jail terms to its officials if the posters weren’t removed.

Enter Whitehead:

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Virginia: First Amendment Victory for Church as Officials Back Off

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 5, 2015:

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The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution

 

The congregation of Harrisonburg, Virginia’s Valley Church of Christ decided to promote its pro-life views by hanging two posters on its fence on the corner of Virginia Avenue and Acorn Drive. One poster showed a fetus cradled in a pair of hands with this quote from Mother Teresa: “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”

The second one pictured a face of a baby and this quote from Jeremiah 1:5: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.”

It didn’t take long before someone took umbrage at the message, and complained to the city.

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Who Is Bernie Sanders?

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, May 1, 2015: 

In his remarks announcing his decision to campaign for the Democrat Party’s presidential nomination, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (shown) fired a warning shot at those either disparaging or belittling his intentions:

People should not underestimate me. I’ve run outside of the two-party system, defeating Democrats and Republicans, taking on big-money candidates…. [My] message that has resonated in Vermont is a message that can resonate all over this country.

Polls show Sanders running more than 50 points behind Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton while journalists have emphasized his inability to raise large amounts of cash for his campaign. Others have said he has little name recognition outside of Vermont, and that his stage presence lacks Hillary’s practiced homilies and faux sincerity. Even the Wall Street Journal wrote, “Sanders isn’t going to be president,” claiming that he only wants to redirect the political conversation more to the left, forcing Clinton to clarify stands about which she has been both opaque and obtuse.

Observers should know that Sanders has been

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Supreme Court: Police Cannot Prolong a Traffic Stop

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, April 22, 2015:

A little after midnight on March 27, 2012, Dennys Rodriguez was driving his Mercury Mountaineer on Nebraska’s State Highway 275 when he swerved onto the shoulder to avoid hitting a pothole. He was on the shoulder for perhaps one or two seconds before returning to the roadway, but that was enough to catch the attention of Nebraska police officer Morgan Struble.

He pulled Rodriguez over and conducted the usual and customary check of his driver’s license, insurance, and registration. After it was all checked out, Officer Struble wrote Rodriguez a warning based on a Nebraska law prohibiting driving on the shoulder of a state highway.

Struble then stepped out of bounds,

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Rubio’s Candidacy Challenges Dynasties of Bushes, Clintons, Obama

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 13, 2015: 

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On Monday morning an advisor to Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio told some of his donors to expect his announcement Monday night that he would formally declare his candidacy for the Republican Party’s nomination for president in 2016. He also told those donors that Rubio is “uniquely qualified” to lead the nation. 

The contrast between Rubio and Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democrat nominee, couldn’t be greater. She’s 67; he’ll turn 44 next month. She’s a tired warhorse hauling enough political baggage to stuff a 14-foot U-Haul trailer. Rubio has stumbled on some issues, but has regained his balance. Hillary lost a heartbreaker in 2008 to an upstart, while Rubio came from 20 points behind a popular Florida governor in 2010 to take his current Senate seat.

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ATF Reports Sea-Change in Attitude Towards guns

This article was first published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 10, 2015:

No wonder ATF head Todd Jones bailed. With the monumental failure of his “framework” proposal to ban the popular “green tip” ammo in the US, he saw little reason to stick around. Surely he must have known that his agency would have to report, reluctantly at the very least, the firearms manufacturers’ data that came out earlier this week: those gun makers produced 10 million guns in 2013 (the latest year for which the ATF has reliable data), twice the number they produced just three years earlier!

What the ATF is facing is a “sea-change” in Americans’ attitude towards guns, defined by Collins as “a seemingly magical change as brought about by the action of the sea.”

There’s nothing magical about it. The shift was perceptible back in 2004 when

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Gun Makers Produced 10 Million Firearms in 2013, a Doubling in Three Years

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 9, 2015:

ATF inspector at a federally licensed gun dealer

The release of the latest data from the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) showing that gun manufacturers doubled their output of handguns, rifles, and shotguns in the three years between 2010 and 2013 (the latest year for which data is available) caused both rejoicing and consternation among participants in the long war against guns.

In 2010, America’s firearms industry produced 5,460,000 guns while in 2013 that number jumped to 10,840,000. And this despite (or perhaps because of) pressure from the Obama administration to restrict gun ownership among law-abiding citizens. Efforts to impose new background checks, and ban “military-style assault weapons” and their “high-capacity” magazines all failed, even during years when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress.

The president, frustrated at his lack of success, moved to the use of his pen,

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O, the Irony! Sarah Brady Passes the Day after Kansas Adopts Permitless Carry law

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 6, 2015:

Sam Brownback, U.S. Senator from Kansas.

Sam Brownback

Last Thursday Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law a bill expanding Kansas’ permitless open carry laws to include concealed carry, adding Kansas to the ever-growing list of other states to do so.

Otherwise called “Constitutional carry” or “Vermont carry,” permitless carry satisfies most Second Amendment purists who believe that the phrase “…the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” means exactly what it says: one doesn’t need permission to exercise a right.

For years Kansans have enjoyed the right to carry a firearm openly, without permission. But if a coat or a jacket covers it, or if one wishes to carry it in a purse or satchel, he would need to obtain a concealed carry permit from the state to do so. And so he will, until the new law becomes effective July 1.

At the moment, Kansas will join numerous other states with similar freedoms, including

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Kansas is the Next State to Allow Permitless Open Carry

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 6, 2015: 

On April 2, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill into law expanding the state’s permitless open-carry laws to include concealed carry. The concealed carry permitting process will remain in place for citizens who wish to travel to other reciprocity states where that concealed carry permit allows them to carry concealed there.

Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association (NRA), declared, “This new law is a common sense measure that allows law-abiding Kansans to exercise their fundamental right to self-protection in the manner that best suits their needs.”

Kansans already had the right to carry a firearm openly without a permit, but if that firearm was covered by a shirt or a jacket, or carried in a purse, the citizen would need a concealed carry permit. Effective July 1, no such permit will be necessary.

Last year, Kansas enacted a law

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It’s Not a Surrender but a Strategic Retreat

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 3, 2015:

 

Some in the media called the announcement by the District of Columbia’s attorney general that he was dropping the appeal over Judge Frederick Scullin’s decision (see Palmer v. District of Columbia) a victory in the gun wars. Even the usually sensible Washington Times called it a “surrender,” headlining: “D.C. Surrenders to 2nd Amendment, Gives up ban on Carrying Guns in Public.”

To be generous, that is an overstatement. What Attorney General Karl Racine really announced was a strategic retreat. The war against guns remains active:

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D.C. Drops Appeal of Court Ruling Against Its Handgun Ban

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 2, 2015:

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The announcement on Wednesday by Washington, D.C.’s attorney general was no surrender but rather a strategic withdrawal. The district has decided not to press forward on its appeal of Judge Frederick Scullin’s ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia last summer that the district’s total ban on handgun possession (except inside a home) was unequivocally unconstitutional. Wrote the judge:

In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.

The judge then remanded the district’s council to “adopt … a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards to enable people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.”

Instead of continuing to press a battle they could not win, D.C.’s Attorney General Karl Racine said,

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Media Stirs Up Controversy Over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, March 30, 2015:

Mike Pence, member of the United States Congress.

Mike Pence

When a white policeman shot a black man in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer, it should have been a page two story in the local papers, and then forgotten. But the media saw their chance to promote their agenda, and Ferguson became front page news for months on end.

Indiana’s religious freedom bill, signed into law by Governor Mike Pence on Thursday, has unleashed a similar outpouring of angst by people who should know better: Hillary Clinton, grade B movie stars Ashton Kutcher and Miley Cyrus, CNN, and the New York Times. The word is out: Indiana now has legalized discrimination against gays and lesbians!

In reality the law adopts the same approach to the exercise of religious freedom under the First Amendment and government interest as the bill that Hillary’s husband signed into law back in 1993:

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