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

Biden Declares His Intention “To Defeat the NRA”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, January 10, 2021:  

Back in August 2020, Democrat Presidential candidate Joe Biden declared:

Weapons of war have no place in our communities. When I was a Senator, I took on the NRA and secured a 10-year ban on assault weapons — and, as president, I’ll ban these weapons again.

At the time, the NRA laughed it off:

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State Legislators Ask Pence to Delay Wednesday’s Vote Count by 10 Days

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, January 6, 2021:  

A last-minute flurry of requests from more than 115 Republican state legislators in so-called swing states descended on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Vice President Mike Pence, asking to delay Wednesday’s opening and counting of Electoral College votes for president.

Each expressed variations on the same theme: we need more time to investigate claims of election fraud and, if so, to invalidate the slate of electors each state has sent to Vice President Pence.

One of those letters, signed by 88 state Republican lawmakers, said:

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Judge Tosses Rep. Louie Gohmert’s Lawsuit, Claiming He Doesn’t Have “Standing”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Saturday, January 2, 2021: 

When Texas Republican Representative Louie Gohmert filed a lawsuit against Vice President Mike Pence on Monday, it was a “friendly” lawsuit seeking to grant him all the powers provided by the Constitution. Pence is to preside on Wednesday, January 6, over the joint session of congress to count the Electoral College votes for the presidency.

Lawyers from both the House of Representatives (controlled by the Democrats) and the Justice Department (controlled by the Deep State), filed dismissals of Gohmert’s lawsuit. On Friday a federal judge tossed Gohmert’s lawsuit, claiming that he didn’t have standing to bring it.

Pence joined with the Justice Department in its request to have the judge dismiss the lawsuit.

The New American has closely followed the story from the beginning. Gohmert argues that a statute enacted in 1887, the Electoral Count Act, is unconstitutional because, as he claimed in his suit, its provisions “violate the Electors Clause and the Twelfth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” His suit added:

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Liberal Law Professors Call Gohmert’s Lawsuit “Stupid,” “Inconsistent With the Constitution”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, December 30, 2020: 

After reviewing Representative Louie Gohmert’s lawsuit to give Vice President Pence power to throw out Electoral College votes, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe wrote it off, calling it “jaw-droppingly stupid” and “the dumbest lawsuit of all.” Ohio State University law professor Edward Foley was slightly less histrionic: “The idea that the Vice President has sole authority to determine whether or not to count electoral votes … is inconsistent with a proper understanding of the Constitution.”

Ironically, back in 2010, Professor Foley called the Electoral Count Act of 1887, which Gohmert is challenging, “inadequate, unwieldy, and arguably unconstitutional.”

In a statement issued at the time of the filing of the lawsuit, Gohmert said:

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Could Mike Pence Decide the Election?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 28, 2020:

With seven battleground/swing states — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — having sent dueling slates of electors to Congress, it may come down to how Vice President Pence handles those competing votes that decides the outcome of the election.

Constitutional scholar John Yoo, author of Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power, co-authored an article in October for the Claremont Institute titled “What Happens if No One Wins?” Yoo and Robert Delahunty, a professor of law at St. Thomas University, dove deeply into constitutional history and concluded:

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Upon His Departure, Barr Declares “Operation Legend” a Success

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, December 24, 2020: 

During his last day in office, Attorney General William Barr touted the success of “Operation Legend” — a federal program of questionable constitutionality — in bringing down violent crime in nine crime-riddled cities following riots by BLM and Antifa revolutionaries.

Said Barr on Wednesday:

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Why SCOTUS Punted, and What Happens Next

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, December 14, 2020: 

Upon learning that the Supreme Court wouldn’t consider the lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to challenge the election fraud perpetrated in four key battleground states, President Trump tweeted: “The Supreme Court had ZERO interest in the merits of the greatest voter fraud ever perpetrated on the United States of America.” He called it a “disgraceful miscarriage of justice.”

Paxton agreed. The justices didn’t even bother to hear any of the arguments he claimed to justify suing those four states. He angrily asked rhetorically:

If my people are harmed, which I view them as having been harmed, by the fact that other states didn’t follow their election laws and didn’t follow the Constitution, how do I address the fact that my voters are affected by a national election, that potentially was not done correctly, where there was fraud, and in that state law and federal law were not followed?

The high court issued a nonsensical explanation:

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Judge Sullivan: Flynn Still Guilty Despite Trump Pardon

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 11, 2020:

When U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan finally dismissed the case against General Michael Flynn on Tuesday, two weeks after he received a presidential pardon from Donald Trump, Sullivan wrote: “President Trump’s decision to pardon Mr. Flynn is a political decision, not a legal one. Because the law recognizes the President’s power to pardon, the appropriate course [for this court] is to dismiss this case as moot.”

That should have been the end of it.

As the White House explained at the time of the pardon:

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Another Rigged Election, This One in Venezuela

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, December 10, 2020: 

Following Sunday’s rigged election, Venezuela’s Marxist dictator Nicholas Maduro called it a “great victory”:

We have recovered the National Assembly with the majority vote of the Venezuelan people. It’s a great victory without a doubt for democracy.

What’s true is that it’s a great victory for rigged elections and secures all governmental power in the hands of Maduro. Until Sunday Juan Guaido, the head of the National Assembly, was the only real political opposition to Maduro. As leader of the National Assembly, Guaido, under the terms of the country’s constitution, was declared president of the country until such time as legitimate elections could be held. Now, Guaido is out and Maduro has secured all governmental power unto himself.

Following the election, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated:

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Newly Invigorated Supreme Court, With Barrett, Restores First Amendment in Ruling Against Cuomo

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Saturday, November 28, 2020:  

By 5-4 votes in two cases, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s discrimination against the free exercise of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It was the first time newly confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett had an opportunity to weigh in, and she made it count: She simultaneously voted with the four conservative justices while at the same time negated Chief Justice John Robert’s vote to join the three liberals who supported Cuomo.

Justice Neil Gorsuch called out the governor’s overreach,

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Dershowitz Spells Out Trump’s Paths to Victory

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 24, 2020:  

During an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, retired Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz spelled out how Trump’s campaign could prevail in the presidential election:

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Trump Fires Mark Esper, Appoints Christopher Miller as Acting Defense Secretary

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 10, 2020: 

President Trump fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Monday, announcing that the director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCC) will replace Esper. Tweeted the president:

I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller, the highly respected Director … (unanimously confirmed by the Senate), will be Acting Secretary of Defense, effective immediately. Chris will do a great job.

As for Esper, the president said only this: “Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service.”

Esper got sideways with the president back in June when the president almost fired him for publicly defying him, twice, when Esper publicly opposed the president’s suggestion that he might lean on the Insurrection Act to use the military to quell violence following the death of George Floyd.

Under the Insurrection Act of 1807,

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SCOTUS Hears Arguments Over Discrimination Against Catholic Social Services

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, November 5, 2020: 

The Supreme Court heard opening arguments in an important religious discrimination case on Wednesday that has been festering since 2018: Sharonell Fulton et. al. v. City of Philadelphia.

Back in 2018, the liberal Philadelphia Inquirer discovered that two religiously based foster-care agencies — Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Social Services (CSS) — wouldn’t place foster children in LGBT homes.

Initially, Bethany said,

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Two Colorado Churches Win Court Reprieve From Governor’s COVID Mandates

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, October 22, 2020: 

Two Colorado churches — the Denver Bible Church and the nearby Community Baptist Church in Brighton — gained a reprieve last week from U.S. District Judge Daniel D. Domenico. The churches sued Colorado Governor Jared Polis in August over his COVID-related restrictions that were overly vague and applied unevenly between the churches and secular establishments.

Domenico’s reason was constitutionally sound in granting the churches a temporary restraining order against Polis:

The Constitution does not allow the State to tell a congregation how large it can be when comparable secular gatherings are not so limited, or to tell a congregation that its reason for wishing to remove facial coverings is less important than a restaurant’s or spa’s….

 

The First Amendment does not allow government officials, whether in the executive or judicial branch, to treat religious worship as any less critical or essential than other human endeavors. Nor does it allow the government to determine what is a necessary part of a house of worship’s religious exercise.

Judge Domenico noted that

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Capitol Hill Baptist Church Enjoys First Gathering Since Court Ruling Against Shutdown Order

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 21, 2020:  

Members of the Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., held their first worship service on Sunday since District Court Judge Trevor McFadden granted the church “injunctive relief” from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s draconian, discriminatory, and hypocritical shutdown orders over the COVID virus.

Appropriately, the sermon was about civil government and civil disobedience, preached by Associate Pastor Bobby Jamieson.

McFadden ruled that Bowser’s “current restrictions substantially burden the Church’s exercise of religion” and so granted the church’s petition for relief.

Thirty-four Senate Republicans filed an Amicus Brief supporting the church: “The Mayor’s discrimination against houses of worship rests on a mistaken, and unconstitutional, premise that one particular exercise of free speech — a church’s desire to gather together and worship their God — is subordinate to other First Amendment-protected activities.”

Those Republicans got most of it right. The mayor’s ruling rests ultimately on a mistaken premise that the government has the right to dictate a church’s behavior. Many Christians believe this as well, drawing support for this view from Romans 13. Here’s the NIV version:

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House Resolution Introduced to Remove Pelosi

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 13, 2020: 

Representative Doug Collins (R-Ga.) tweeted on Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “does not have the mental fitness to serve as Speaker.” He followed that up with another tweet on Monday: “Nancy Pelosi’s unwillingness to abide by the Constitution, combined with her recent actions, call into question her own mental fitness.”

On Monday he introduced a resolution to remove Pelosi from office, reviewing some of her “recent actions”:

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California Pastor Sues County After Being Fined $220K for Holding Services

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 12, 2020: 

When Pastor Mike McClure of San Jose’s Calvary Chapel agreed to open his church on Pentecost Sunday (May 31), he joined with more than 3,000 other churches defying California Governor Gavin Newsom’s shutdown orders. He said, “We’re called to be together. Man doesn’t have the right to close the doors. God doesn’t want us to isolate ourselves. All of us need to be in the sanctuary.”

And then he added a warning to Newsom:

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Attorney Tells Michiganders to “Burn Your Masks” Following State Supreme Court Ruling

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 12, 2020:

The New American reported last week that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer had no intention of following a ruling by the state’s Supreme Court that her COVID edicts were grossly unconstitutional. She said, “This ruling does not take place for at least 21 days, and until then, my emergency declaration and orders retain the force of law.”

Constitutional attorney Katherine Henry begs to differ. The founder of Restore Freedom Initiative — a movement to amend the Michigan state’s constitution to keep another gubernatorial overreach from occurring in the future — said,

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Court Slaps D.C. Mayor for Discriminating Against Church

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, October 11, 2020: 

After months of attempting to persuade D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (shown) to grant them an exception to her draconian virus-inspired restrictions on in-person meetings by churches, the Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC) filed suit in September.

The church said, “Meeting in-person as one congregation is a deeply-held conviction for which there is no substitute. Our simple desire is to have a community and one that meets together safely.… CHBC has applied for multiple waivers to the policy but District officials refused to provide CHBC with a waiver beyond 100 persons as part of a mass gathering.”

On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden sided with the church, issuing a temporary injunction against Bowser’s attempts to enforce her edicts. He wrote:

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St. Louis Couple Indicted on Gun Charges Following Standoff with BLM Protesters

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 7, 2020: 

A St. Louis Grand Jury indicted Mark and Patricia McCloskey on Tuesday on charges related to the defense of their lives and property from Black Lives Matter protesters back in June.

They knew it was coming, as Kimberly Gardner, the corrupt, progressive George Soros-funded circuit attorney for St. Louis, said so back in July. In her statement dated July 20, she announced:

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