My Sunday Examiner column begins by urging “constitutional conservatives” to keep in mind the structure of elections the Constitution sets up when deciding what to do on the debt limit issue. The Constitution requires them to win more than one election to reverse major national policies.
Here’s something else for constitutional conservatives to keep in mind. Read More
The weakest part of our political system is the presidential nomination process. And it's not coincidental that it's the part of the federal system that finds least guidance in the Constitution.
There is no provision in the Constitution that says that Iowa and New Hampshire vote first. The idea of giving any two states a preferred position in the process of choosing a president would surely have struck the Framers as unfair. Read More
President Barack Obama’s signature legislative “achievement” is deeper in legal limbo now that U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson struck down as unconstitutional the central component requiring individuals to buy health insurance.How important is this mandate to Obama’s health care reform law? Read More
Aristotle, the great Greek philosopher, is known for clearly enunciating the very basic idea that it is impossible for anything both to be and not be at the same time and in the same respect. He called this "the most certain of all principles ... for if a man were mistaken on this point he would have contrary opinions at the same time." Read More
In last week’s post-Tucson rush to judgment, liberals blamed Jared Loughner’s alleged shooting spree on a “climate of hate” stoked by everything from Sarah Palin’s Facebook page to John Boehner’s tears. On Monday, Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., even implicated the House GOP’s decision to open the new session by reading the Constitution aloud. Read More
I salute the Republicans of the 112th Congress for their initiative to restore the U.S. Constitution to its legitimate place of prominence in our public discourse.
Reading it aloud at Congress’ opening session and requiring members to cite constitutional authority when introducing new legislation are great ideas.
It will help highlight that the real debate is about the underlying defining principles of our nation that the constitution exists to protect. Read More
In the Washington Post, former White House counsel C. Boyden Gray recently argued that the sweeping Dodd-Frank financial “reform” law passed last summer is unconstitutional, since it gives the government virtually unchecked power to seize financial firms that supposedly might fail, and to legislate through regulation. For example, under Dodd-Frank, Read More
Great piece up today by Conn Carroll on the Heritage Foundation's Foundry blog that makes an obscure but extremely vital question - the president and member of Congress are just as responsible as the federal judiciary for upholding the Constitution.
How do we know that? It's right there in the oaths of office sworn by the chief executive, every senator, every representative, every member of the federal civil service and every member of the military. Read More
You would think the smartest guys in the room of American politics would have figured out the tea party by now.But you would be wrong. Abundant proof was just provided on the opinion pages of The New York Times in an indignant editorial entitled “The Repeal Amendment.” Read More
Considering the manner in which it has been either ignored for decades in our public schools and mainstream media as irrelevant or dismissed outright as a relic of obsolete confederal thinking, it is perhaps an encouragement that one in five Americans knows what the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does. Read More