Showing posts with label amendment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label amendment. Show all posts

Thomas Sowell: 'Messing With The Constitution'

Taking power back from lawyers in robes.     In recent years, a small but growing number of people have advocated a convention of states to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The reaction to the proposal has been hostile, out of all proportion to either the originality or the danger of such a convention. The political   ... MORE

Cutting Constitutional Corners Won't Stop Terrorism

by Andrew Napolitano.         If you were looking for a needle in a haystack, simple logic would tell you that the smaller the haystack the likelier you are to find the needle. Except for the government. Since Edward Snowden revealed the federal government's unlawful and unconstitutional use of federal statutes to justify spying on all  ... MORE

Flawed Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative Defeated

by Ilya Somin.   An anti-marijuana or anti-monopoly vote? Ohio Issue 3 – the seriously flawed marijuana legalization referendum initiative that I nonetheless defended because of its superiority to the status quo, has gone down to defeat. While not all of the votes have yet been counted, it is likely that it will lose by a large margin (currently 65-35,       ... MORE

10 Great Points In Rand Paul’s Patriot Act Attack

by Matt Welch.     I don't know whether Rand Paul's ongoing Senate talkfest will succeed in running out the clock on the Patriot Act, or (as he is seeking) opening up a debate and amendment process, but I do know that—just like his 2013 exercise—these have been some of the most invigorating hours on C-SPAN in recent memory. Warrants need   ... MORE

Ted Cruz And Rand Paul Team Up To Cut Enviro Funding

by Ben Geman.   Two 2016 hopefuls working together. Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are rivals for their party's White House nomination, but they're finding some common ground in the Senate's budget fight. On Wednesday the two 2016 hopefuls jointly filed an amendment to the budget plan that would cut new budget   ... MORE

‘Udall Amendment’ An Assault On Free Speech

from Statesman Journal.   The effort to amend the U.S. Constitution to allow Congress and the states to regulate campaign finance isn’t simply misguided. It’s dishonest, and, even were it successful, it would be ineffective, as well. Senate Democrats are forging ahead with a plan to bring a joint resolution to the floor that would add a 28th     ... MORE

Chris Rossini: Rolling Back To That Dreaded Year: 1913

The beginning of the end.  In respect to liberty, 1913 was a dark year in U.S. history. Three key pieces of legislation were passed that (now 100 years later) have individual liberty seriously on the rocks. They were: The 16th Amendment, which created the Federal Income Tax, The 17th Amendment, which created the Popular Election of Senators,   ... MORE

The Government Can Still Black Bag Any American

by Travis Holte. The Senate passed the much ballyhooed Feinstein-Lee amendment last night, which supposedly partially nullifies the provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) allowing for Americans to be kidnapped by the government and disappeared without any charge or due process. Senator Rand Paul put out a press release declaring   ... MORE

Paul Stanley: Pelosi, Democrats Seek To Limit Free Speech

An assault on the First Amendment.   House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other congressional Democrats are throwing their support behind an effort to overturn a Supreme Court ruling despite warnings by critics that the effort would severely limit free speech. In 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled in the case Citizens United ... MORE

Steve Chapman: Balanced-Budget Amendment Delusion

Wrong tool to halt the growth of government.  When I graduated from college in 1976, I got a job in Washington with the National Taxpayers Union, which was working to get a constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget. Someone graduating today could sign up there and pursue the same goal. The balanced-budget amendment has never ... MORE

Jon N Hall: Inequality -- It's A Good Thing

The conflict between liberty and equality. Equality is the highest value of the American political left. So the left is always on the lookout for any trace of inequality. And of course they find it -- everywhere. That's because equality doesn't exist in this world, except when we get down on the micro level. On the micro level of quarks, electrons, photons, and such, equality reigns ... MORE