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

Progressives Push Supreme Court Nominations as Key Election Issue

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, July 14, 2020: 

In the absence of any visible effort by presumptive Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden to push Supreme Court nominations as a key election issue, a progressive group, Supreme Court Voter, is filling the void.

The group, funded by Demand Justice, a left-of-center advocacy organization that supports the appointment of liberal judges, announced its opening bid last week with a $2 million ad buy in five “battleground” states: Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

The initial ads say that “the future of the Supreme Court is on the line.… We can’t afford any more Brett Kavanaughs, or our court will be his court.”

On the other hand, President Trump recognized the polling power of his 2016 campaign announcement of his list of potential Supreme Court nominees, and plans to announce another list.

Only now the landscape has changed, and not necessarily in a good way.

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Attorney General Announces Nationwide “Operation Legend” to Combat Violent Crime, Beginning in Kansas City

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Saturday, July 11, 2020: 

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas first learned of “Operation Legend” on Twitter on Wednesday:

I learned on Twitter this afternoon that the Department of Justice plans to send federal investigators to Kansas City as support for unsolved homicide and non-fatal shooting investigations.

 

As I understand the Department’s plan, any outside help will not be used for regular policing or patrol activities [but] solely to clear unsolved murders and shootings.

 

I plan and hope to learn more about this effort over the days ahead.

Apparently the program was cobbled together at the last minute to respond to the request of Kansas Governor Mike Parson for some help. Parson heard that the president was offering help to any state or city that needed it, and when Parson responded, the operation was assembled.

On ABC News on Friday Attorney General William Barr explained:

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Supreme Court Sets Stage for Full-on Review of ObamaCare

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, July 8, 2020:

Two rulings by the Supreme Court on Wednesday not only affirm the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, they also hearten pro-life constitutional conservatives who hope the rulings set the stage for a full review of the constitutionality of ObamaCare (aka the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) by the high court in the fall.

The first ruling, in a 7-2 decision, concerned the Little Sisters of the Poor, and finally puts to rest the question whether the Trump administration, through an Executive Order to the Department of Health and Human Services, could expand the exemption under which faith-based ministries such as the  Little Sisters could avoid having to provide contraceptive health services to their employees.

When ObamaCare was first foisted upon the American citizenry in 2010, it specifically exempted churches from providing contraceptive healthcare coverage but said nothing about faith-based ministries. So, under ObamaCare, the HHS ruled that religious non-profits such as the Little Sisters of the Poor had to comply, or suffer the consequences of huge fines.

During President Trump’s first year in office, he ordered the HHS to issue a new rule expanding the exemption. Several states sued, claiming that Trump had overreached. The opinion of the high court was penned by Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote, “Consistent with their Catholic faith, the Little Sisters hold the religious conviction ‘that deliberately avoiding reproduction through medical means is immoral.’”

He explained why the court reversed a lower court’s ruling, stating that the Trump administration had not exceeded its authority by issuing the new rule that expanded the exemption:

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President Trump’s Remarkable Speech at Mt. Rushmore Excoriated by the New York Times

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Saturday, July 4, Independence Day, 2020:  

President Donald Trump’s remarkable speech at Mt. Rushmore on Friday night — Monica Showalter, Deputy Editor at American Thinker, called it “his finest speech … the speech of his presidency” — not only celebrated the giants whose faces are carved into the granite wall behind him, but also called out the enemies of the republic.

And one of those enemies — the New York Times — didn’t like it one bit.

The president opened with this:

There could be no better place to celebrate America’s independence than beneath this magnificent, incredible majestic mountain and monument to the greatest Americans who have ever lived. Today we pay tribute to the exceptional lives and extraordinary legacies of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt.

 

I am here as your president to proclaim before the country and before the world, this monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defamed, their legacy will never ever be destroyed, their achievements will never be forgotten, and Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom.

He retold the marvelous story of the founding of the republic, unique in all of human history:

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Senate Confirms 200th Judicial Appointee Under Trump

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, June 25, 2020:  

With the Senate confirmation of Judge Cory Wilson to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, the president has now successfully appointed 200 judicial nominees to the federal bench. As CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin put it, “Judicial confirmations may be President Trump’s most important legacy. They will shape the nation’s laws on abortion, LGBT rights, voting rights, and many other issues long after Trump leaves office.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose stated objective is “to leave no vacancy behind,” celebrated Wilson’s confirmation: “Following number 200, when we depart this chamber today, there will not be a single circuit court vacancy anywhere in the nation for the first time in at least 40 years.”

All of this was intentional from the start.

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Appeals Court Orders Lower Court Judge to Dismiss Case Against Michael Flynn

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, June 24, 2020: 

Michael Flynn was President Trump’s chosen National Security Advisor. Before Trump took office, Flynn talked to Russian diplomats to try to calm an escalating international situation. Obama-era FBI officials who were then investigating Democratic claims that Trump was aided in his election by Russia (despite no proof of such collusion) had tapped Flynn’s phone and heard his entire conversation with them.

Nothing was uttered in Flynn’s conversation with the Russians that suggested any involvement of the Russians with Trump’s election, yet afterward FBI agents entrapped Flynn into saying something about the conversation that was untrue, and charged him with lying to the FBI — all the while knowing that Flynn was guilty of nothing. Flynn originally accepted a plea deal saying that he said something misleading and was sentenced to prison (though Democrats lie under oath almost constantly and don’t get charged with anything). When Flynn got new legal representation and tried to take back his plea deal, it was learned that the DOJ and FBI had always known that Flynn was innocent of wrongdoing, yet he was questioned and entrapped anyway.

Rightly, the DOJ decided to drop the charges against Flynn, but District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan wouldn’t allow the charges to be dropped, and he assigned a prosecutor of his own to keep the case going, saying that the law said that it was up to the court to decide whether to drop charges or not — not up to the DOJ. Now a higher court has told Sullivan point blank, he was wrong. The order from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan was terse:

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Trump Tweets Outrage Over High Court’s DACA Decision, Promises New Conservative Justices in his Second term

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, June 19, 2020: 

It wasn’t just the recent decision on Dreamers (DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) by the Supreme Court, declaring that President Obama’s illegal executive order couldn’t be overturned, that set off the president. It was a whole series of recent decisions by the high court that caused him to light up his Twitter account on Thursday:

The recent Supreme Court decisions, not only on DACA, Sanctuary Cities, Census, and others, tell you only one thing: we need NEW JUSTICES of the Supreme Court. If the Radical Left Democrats assume power [in November], your Second Amendment, Right to Life, Secure Borders and Religious Liberty, among many other things, are OVER and GONE!

Minutes later he added:

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Flynn Attorney Calls Gleeson Filing a “Wrap-up Smear”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, June 18, 2020: 

In the clash between General Michael Flynn’s lawyer Sidney Powell, and Judge Emmet Sullivan’s “friend” — former judge John Gleeson — Powell called out Gleeson’s claim on Wednesday that Sullivan should continue to prosecute Flynn even though the government has asked Sullivan to dismiss its case against him.

She said that the “irony and sheer duplicity” of Gleeson’s accusations “against the Justice Department — which is finally exposing the truth — is stunning.… It demonstrates the difference between a Department of Prosecutions and a Department of Justice. It shows how [only] the Department of Justice … has the power to walk into courtrooms and ask judges to remedy injustices.… The only lawful action this [three-judge panel of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia] can take is to dismiss the case with prejudice on the Government’s motion [to dismiss] and vacate the plea.”

The plea is the key to understanding this continuing legal soap opera. The government sought to prosecute Flynn for lying to the FBI, only to learn later that he had been set up, and therefore the case against Flynn evaporated. A plea bargain gained under duress is not enforceable.

And Flynn was under duress.

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Lawsuit Charges Illinois With Violating Religious-liberty Rights

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, June 14, 2020:  

A lawsuit filed last week by the Thomas Moore Society, a non-profit public interest law firm, charged that the state of Illinois is violating its own laws by requiring all insurance policies offered for sale in the state to pay for abortion services.

There is no exemption allowed even by churches or individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs that abortion, or its facilitation through funding, is tantamount to murder or its enablement.

The state already has in place two laws that forbid the legislature from requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for elective abortions. But the Democrats who control that body and who voted en masse along party lines for the law don’t care. Peter Breen, the Society’s vice president and senior counsel, explained:

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DOJ Warns Maryland County Officials Against Religious Discrimination

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, June 14, 2020:

The Justice Department sent a letter to officials in Montgomery County, Maryland, on Wednesday regarding religious discrimination over the County’s enforcement of coronavirus lockdown orders on religious gatherings but not on George Floyd protests.

Wrote Eric Dreiband, an assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ:

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NY Times Staff Outraged Over Senator Tom Cotton Op-ed Supporting Trump

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, June 4, 2020: 

When Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton was allowed to publish an op-ed in the New York Times on Wednesday supporting President Trump’s suggestion that he might have to use the Insurrection Act to quell Antifa-led riots, some members of the Times staff lost their minds.

His op-ed was reason itself: “A majority who seek to protest peacefully shouldn’t be confused with bands of miscreants,” wrote Cotton, adding that while “nihilist criminals” were simply “out for loot and the thrill of destruction … cadres of left-wing radicals like Antifa [were] infiltrating protest marches to exploit [George] Floyd’s death for their own anarchic purposes.”

When those protest marches exceed local authorities’ ability to maintain order, wrote Cotton, “it’s … time to support local law enforcement with federal authority.… The Insurrection Act authorizes the president to employ the military” to quell the riots and restore order. Cotton reminded his readers that the federal government “has a constitutional duty to the states to ‘protect each of them from domestic violence.’”

In normal times, local law enforcement is more than able to keep the peace and restore order when necessary. “But,” wrote Cotton, “in rare moments, like ours today, more is needed.”

The backlash from Times staffers was immediate. Charlie Warzel, an opinion writer for the Times, tweeted, “I feel compelled to say that I disagree with every word in that Tom Cotton op-ed and it does not reflect my values.” Other Times sympathizers such as freelance writer Thor Benson agreed: “I know a lot of New York Times employees feel like they can’t speak out right now, so I’ll happily say what needs to be said: there should be resignations.”

Former Times staffers weighed in as well. Tweeted Sewell Chan, a former op-ed writer for the Times, “I am reluctant to weigh in on my former alma mater. But the decision to publish Senator Tom Cotton’s [piece] calling for troop deployments to quell unrest falls short of sound journalistic practice.”

And then there is Roxanne Gay, a contributing writer for the Times, who totally lost it. She tweeted, “Running this puts black NY Times writers, editors and other staff in danger.” How, exactly, was missing from her tweet. How did Cotton’s carefully constructed and reasonable support for a possible future move by the president to use his authority under the Insurrection Act in the event it became clear that states or local municipalities couldn’t maintain order and keep the peace work to threaten black writers and editors at the Times? She didn’t explain.

Gay went on:

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Pressure Building on Supreme Court to Hear Second Amendment Appeals

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, June 2, 2020:

There are at least 10 cases pending on appeal to the Supreme Court that involve state infringements of the Second Amendment. It’s been 10 years since the Court has ruled on the matter.

But following the court’s dismissal of a New York City case over an individual’s freedom to carry a firearm in a locked case because the city relented and loosened its restrictions, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh urged his fellow justices to take on one or more the ones currently pending.

Wrote Kavanaugh:

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AG Barr Ramps Up Pressure on Antifa Following National Riots

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 1, 2020: 

After another night of riots that have spread across the nation, on Sunday Attorney General William Barr issued a statement urging state and local governments to increase pressure against Antifa “and other similar groups.”

He explained:

With the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful and legitimate protests have been hijacked by violent radical elements. Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate, violent, and extremist agenda.

 

It is time to stop watching the violence and to confront and stop it. The continued violence and destruction of property endangers the lives and livelihoods of others, and interferes with the rights of peaceful protestors, as well as all other citizens….

 

Preventing reconciliation and driving us apart is the goal of these radical groups, and we cannot let them succeed.

 

It is the responsibility of state and local leaders to ensure that adequate law enforcement resources, including the National Guard where necessary, are deployed on the streets to reestablish law and order. We saw this finally happen in Minneapolis last night, and it worked.

Barr has plenty of resources available, including “our existing network of 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF).… The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups … will be treated accordingly.”

The threat is real, said Dan Bongino on Fox & Friends on Sunday. A former NYPD officer and Secret Service agent, Bongino has friends inside law enforcement who have confirmed to him that “known Antifa leadership is … organizing” the riots. Said Bongino, “This is not some run-of-the-mill criminality by people who have nothing to do on a Saturday night.… This is a sophisticated insurrection-type attack.”

Columninst and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy thinks Barr has all the tools he needs in stemming the violence and ending the insurrection. Wrote McCarthy for Fox News:

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Street Preacher Wins $50,000 Settlement in Suit Against Portland

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, May 31, 2020: 

A street preacher whose First Amendment-protected rights were violated received a settlement last week from Portland, Oregon. It’s a tiny win in a big war, but an important one.

In June four years ago, Mark Mayberry, a 59-year-old electrician, was handing out Gospel tracts in Portland’s Waterfront Park. He was also holding a pro-life sign and engaging passersby in conversation. A city park official decided he was in violation of the park’s regulations and cited him. When Mayberry refused to leave, he was cited for “failure to obey a park officer,” local police were called, and he was removed from the park with instructions not to return for 30 days.

Mayberry complained and his case was heard by Hearings Officer William Guzman, who found in Mayberry’s favor, deciding that the citation was

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Kavanaugh Dissents From SCOTUS Decision Siding With California Against Church

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Saturday, May 30, 2020: 

Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the four liberals on the Supreme Court on Friday when the court tossed a complaint from a church over California Governor Gavin Newsom’s COVID restrictions.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh dissented, along with the other three originalists.

Newsom has declared that churches may not exceed 25 percent of capacity during in-person church services, and at no time may there be more than 100 people attending in total.

The South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista protested, asking the court to rule in time for the church to celebrate Pentecost on Sunday, May 31. In the majority opinion, Roberts wrote,“although California’s guidelines place restrictions on places of worship, those restrictions appear consistent with the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.… The notion that it is ‘indisputably clear’ [as Kavanaugh notes in his dissent] that the Government’s limitations are unconstitutional seems quite improbable.”

Kavanaugh dissented:

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Trump Forced to Withdraw His ATF Nomination

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, May 29, 2020: 

When the White House pulled the nomination of Kenneth Charles “Chuck” Canterbury, Jr. to head up the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) last week, it didn’t say why. But Canterbury’s confirmation was in jeopardy almost from the beginning.

The White House announced the nomination a year ago, but after hearing what Canterbury had to say about his commitment, or lack of, to the Second Amendment, it died in committee.

During that hearing, GOP Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana expressed his frustration at Canterbury’s lack of candor:

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Senator Graham: Now Is a Good Time for Older Judges to Retire to Make Room for New Trump Nominees

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, May 29, 2020:

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show early Thursday morning that now would be a good time for judges approaching retirement, or thinking about retiring, to do so:

This is an historic opportunity. We’ve just put over 200 federal judges on the bench. I think one in five federal judges are Trump appointees. If [we] can get four more years, I mean, it would change the judiciary for several generations.

 

So, if you’re a circuit judge in your mid-60s, late 60s, you can take senior status [part-time work which creates a vacancy], now would be a good time to do that if you want to make sure the judiciary is right of center. This is a good time to do it.

Since Trump’s inauguration the Senate has confirmed 196 federal judges including 51 on the appellate level and two Supreme Court justices. This, according to the Article III project — a judicial organization that assists in confirming Trump’s appointees — is the second-fastest rate of all U.S. presidents.

And this recommendation from Graham supports Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s motto “to leave no vacancy behind.”

It’s also frightening Democrats,

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Biden Refuses to Release his List of Potential Supreme Court Nominees

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, May 27, 2020: 

Trump’s decision to release his list of potential judicial nominees during his 2016 campaign was a master stroke. But if Biden were to release his list, the political outcome could be very different.

Democrat Senators Chuck Schumer, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Debbie Stabenow support Biden’s reluctance to release his list of potential Supreme Court nominees the way President Trump did in May 2016.

On a conference call on Wednesday, Whitehouse said, “I’m not advising him [Biden], but I wouldn’t recommend it.” Schumer agreed.

“So do I,” said Debbie Stabenow, a fourth term Senator from Michigan and Chair of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.

She added:

I have great confidence and I know my colleagues feel the same, great confidence in Joe Biden’s capacity to put forward judges that are competent, that have the best interests of the American people at heart, that will care about the Constitution and an independent judiciary and basically begin to unwind what we are seeing that the Republicans have been doing.

Pressure has been building on the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee for months to release his list. It would, said CBS News, “galvanize his moderate base and bring along reluctant progressives.” It would, according to Mellissa Murray, a law professor at New York University, “excite parts of the Democratic base.”

Suggestions abound. Since Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is so popular among liberals, Biden should tie his campaign to her, promising to nominate individuals of similar ideology to the top bench. He’s reportedly considering naming a black woman as his running mate. It would support his promise to nominate the first black woman to the high court.

Back in April a Biden campaign spokesman gave a pablum response to the question:

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Romanian Churches in Chicago Could Face “Summary Abatement” if They Continue to Meet

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 26, 2020: 

The letter sent to three Romanian Churches near Chicago from the city’s health commissioner was chilling: “If you continue to operate in defiance of the Executive Order [the “Stay at Home” order issued by Governor J.B. Pritzker], the City will pursue all available legal remedies, including … Summary Abatement.”

The three churches — Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church, Metro Praise International, and Philadelphia Romanian Church — received orders on Friday, May 15, not to hold in-person worship services until public-health officials deemed that it was safe to do so. On Sunday the 17th, they held in-person services anyway.

This generated a letter on May 22 from Allison Arwady, MD, Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Public Health (CDPH) that was hand-delivered to each pastor. In it, she reviewed some history and refreshed her threats:

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Justice Department Supports Lawsuit Against Illinois Governor’s Overreach

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, May 24, 2020:  

The U.S. Justice Department announced on Friday that it was officially supporting a lawsuit meant to rein in Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s “stay at home” orders issued in response to the COVD-19 virus threat.

The suit was brought by Illinois State Representative Darren Bailey, who claimed that Pritzker exceeded his authority by extending the orders beyond the 30-day period granted by the state’s legislative body.

Bailey won the first round when Clay County Judge Michael McHaney ruled that Bailey himself was not bound by Pritzker’s order, leaving every other citizen in the state still under the governor’s orders. When Bailey refiled to broaden McHaney’s ruling to include every citizen, Pritzker had his attorney general refile the case in federal court, no doubt to slow things down.

That’s when Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband issued the “statement of interest” in the case.

Dreiband was following the lead of Attorney General William Barr, who, on April 27, “direct[ed] each of our United States Attorneys to … be on the lookout for state and local directives that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.”

Barr wrote:

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