Vegas and history

“Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.” – Hillary Clinton Tweet, Oct.2nd I despise any individual that abuses our Second Amendment rights. It goes beyond the pain and devastation that affects individual lives to the violation of precious rights and liberties under whose umbrella such carnage is possible. The history of modern firearms is indeed violent, but a great majority of that violence (at least in America) has been used…

A moderate is needed for the Supreme Court

Cutting through hypocrisy, I want to declare aloud an assumed but hushed reality that U.S. Supreme Court Justices interpret the Constitution based on individual biases. After all, Republicans and Democrats would not be arguing over whom and when a justice will be nominated to replace the late and Honorable Antonin Scalia if interpretation of law could not be skewed. Further proof of bias: justices’ voting records consistently divide by ideology. Five to four. Five to four. Five to four. Of course exceptions can be found when common sense sides with…

2016: The year of living dangerously

A new year is upon us. I wish that optimism for 2016 was in order, but a conflagration of events suggests otherwise. Storm clouds gather on the horizon – economically, socially and politically. While there are many things that give us hope, there are also numerous reasons to be concerned. Indeed 2016 may become known as the “Year of Living Dangerously”, with apologies to any vague Hollywood references. There are many reasons I believe that 2016 may be a pivotal year in the history of this great experiment in liberty…

Will more gun control laws prevent mass shootings?

Another day and another mass shooting in a public setting. This time a mentally deranged individual brought an arsenal in to Umpqua Community College in Oregon. When the smoked cleared, nine were dead and many more wounded. The scene must have been a tragic one, but the mental failings of the shooter and the pain of the victims have been lost in another gun control firestorm for the left. The press marches along complicitly with the gun control talking points when there are much more pressing and deeper issues at…

How elastic can the Constitution be?

By William C. Duncan With serendipitous timing, this week the online journal Public Discourse published an excellent article by Professor Steven Smith, a law professor at the University of San Diego. In the article, Professor Smith notes that while during the middle period of the Roman Empire, “the outward forms of the ancient republican constitution were largely preserved … these forms were a mere façade.” He quoted Edward Gibbon’s observation that what was left was the “image of liberty.” The timing of the article is striking because this week a…

Why Kim Davis hurts religious liberty by violating the rule of law

Written by Daniel Burton and Curt Bentley Roper: So now you’d give the devil the benefit of law? Thomas More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the devil? Roper: I’d cut down every law in England to do that. Thomas More: Oh, and when the last law was down, and the devil turned on you, where would you hide, Roper, all the laws being flat? This country is planted thick with laws from coast to coast, man’s laws not God’s, and…

Are the new Democrats socialists?

“The only difference between a Democrat and a Republican is the type of programs they choose to overspend on.” – former Senator Bob Bennett, 1993. “Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.” – American Communist Party, Goal #15 of 45 goals to destroy America, as documented in the book “The Naked Communist” by Dr. Cleon Skousen. There was a time when a public figure who subscribed to goals or principles that had the possibility of undermining American liberties, constitutional principles, or our general way of…

In God We Should Trust

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” – James Madison, 1778 to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia. “Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of…

13 times Justice Scalia ripped the majority opinion to shreds in King v. Burwell

Agree or disagree with him, Justice Antonin Scalia will go down in history as one of the most outspoken and direct justices in U.S. Supreme Court history. In his scathing dissent from today’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he is particularly pointed in his criticisms of legislating from the bench. Here are 13 of his best points, made in a way that only Jusice Scalia could word them.   1.  In reference to the court’s ruling that despite wording in the law to the contrary, subsidies are available to…

Have We Lost the Underlying Moral Compass of our Political System?

“We have no government armed in power capable of contending in human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” – John Adams “The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Where, say some, is the king of America? I’ll tell you… He reigns above.” – Thomas Paine “The great pillars of all government are virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend,…