Tag: Constitution

 

Why We Have a Federal Department of Education

Following her historic confirmation as Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos may find herself unemployed. A bill (H.R. 899) has already been proffered to eliminate the Department of Education. The bill, introduced by Representative Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), and co-sponsored by seven other Republican members of the House, is terse by any standard invoking just one sentence: “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.” …Read more

Can Congress grant us a ‘pardon’ from the State of the Union

State of the UnionRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., January 8, 2014 – As those of you who are familiar with my work already know, I examine our Government from an unusual perspective; one that assumes that it must follow the Constitution. Accordingly, I respect proposed solutions that adhere to that premise while forcing us into the uncomfortable realm of hosting “a civil assessment” of their merit. In that regard, I offer the suggestion of Scot Faulkner to bypass this year’s State of the Union Address … Read more

An ‘Unspeakable’ Way to Return the Republic to the People

Boehner at the 113th Congress in WashingtonSAN DIEGO, Ca. December 3, 2014 – Every two years, we are graced with the opportunity to either restart our Nation or reaffirm Jonathan Gruber’s hypothesis concerning our stupidity. Unfortunately, the Parties have conditioned our behavior to favor the latter. They have also been allowed to erect enormous economic barriers to ballot access that have turned our election cycles into auctions. Legitimate independent candidates with fresh ideas can’t afford the “buy in.” So, we’re stuck… or are we?

What if I told you that a solution actually exists; one that might break the gridlock in Washington, D.C.; one that can be accomplished with little or no money; one that just might return political power to the People? Do I have your attention? … Read more

FREEDOM: Foreign policy that ‘redistributes the wealth’ (Part 3)

Policy - Foreign - Part 3RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., October 9, 2014 – What would happen if the world began to accept its joint responsibility for maintaining humanity? What if it were to demand that the United Nations be true to its name and its mission rather than lackadaisically expecting the United States to fulfill that role? What would the consequences be from the United States’ perspective and how might our Nation recast its role on the global stage? … Read more

FREEDOM: Foreign policy leveraging coalitions and the U.N. (Part 2)

Policy - Foreign - Part 2RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., October 6, 2014 – In today’s increasingly dangerous world, we need leadership more than rhetoric when it comes to foreign policy. That means we need to constantly evaluate what is transpiring on a global basis, what different paths those situations might take, how those paths might impact our Nation, and how and when we should deploy them. One path is built upon coalition management while the other is executed independently … Read more

FREEDOM: The need to form a rational foreign policy (Part 1)

Policy - Foreign - Part 1RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., September 29, 2014 – Life cannot exist in a vacuum and neither can global stability. To politically paraphrase the first and second laws of thermodynamics: If energy is not expended to maintain equilibrium, the world will gravitate toward disorder. Less “energy” is required to maintain equilibrium than to rebuild it, so a proactive foreign policy is inherently superior to a reactive one … Read more

It is called “The Declaration of Independence” for a reason

Independence DayRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., July 4, 2014 – While small town parades, backyard barbecues and fireworks displays may be what many people associate with the 4th of July, Independence Day deserves far greater respect. Fifty-six men signed a single piece of parchment on this day in 1776 that contained 1338 words that changed the history of the world for the better. That hallowed document claimed independence not only for a Nation but for a People. Unfortunately, 238 years later, we are in danger of surrendering to the temptation of dependence … Read more

What happens when higher education lowers itself?

BY-NC-SA (Wayan Vota)RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., May 12, 2014 – There are a few growing trends in our institutes of higher education, and the trends aren’t good. College campuses are beginning to treat the Constitution as if it were Chairman Mao’s Red Book (although the latter might fare better in today’s academic world), critical thinking has been replaced by conformance, and Civics has been abandoned in favor of political correctness. Is it any wonder our academic standing and global competitiveness have begun to suffer? … Read more

Is taxation just a gateway drug to our spending addiction?

Drugs - BY-SA Nick FuentesRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., April 14, 2014 – It’s that time of the year again: The time when people scramble to file their taxes and pray that they don’t owe anything beyond what they’ve already paid. While our Government demonstrated fiscal responsibility for the first 125 years of its existence, the Sixteenth Amendment created a feeling of euphoria and power among our elected officials that quickly became addictive.

The Sixteenth Amendment states as follows:  “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration” … Read more

Will we survive the real Cold War?

Constitution - Void where prohibited by lawRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., February 24, 2014 –  With the recent Olympics in Sochi, Russia, many of us are reminded of the Cold War: A political, ideological and economic struggle for supremacy between two super powers. Oh … not the one between the former-Union of Soviet Socialist Republic and the United States; the one that’s still raging between the Democratic and Republican Parties.

The other Cold War began in 1947 at the end of World War II and concluded on December 26, 1991, when the USSR was disbanded. That pales in comparison with the “D and R” Cold War, which has been going strong since 1854 when the Republican Party was founded  … Read more

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