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Are Americans Different?

Are Americans Different … What has Changed?

Are Americans Different? What has Changed? Many Americans flatter themselves. We Americans are better than others. But are we smarter and more civilized? Maybe, but probably not. We did however build a greater country. There have been people, Americans who just had something in them, making them better. Maybe we inherited some of it. Is being …

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Shutdown Intelligence Agencies

The NSA Has Violated Our Rights … It’s Official

After exposure by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, it took seven years. But last week a federal appeals court ruling came down. It says the Obama-Era NSA’s bulk collection of phone metadata was both illegal and unnecessary.

The U.S. Constitution and Executive Power

The U.S. Constitution and Executive Power

The American presidency is a political and constitutional institution. It has been one of the most successful features of our constitution in protecting the liberties of the American people. More than any other branch it has fulfilled the expectations of the framers.

Tolerance and Acceptance or Racism and Marxism

Demonstrate?

The founders, those who wrote the U.S. Constitution, understood people. They knew sometimes there is a need to complain publicly about governmental policies adversely affecting us. The American Revolution began with just such protests. The Declaration of Independence was a 28 item list of grievances against the King. Demonstrations are part of the fabric of …

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Common Good Is Basic to Capitalism.

James Madison vs AOC

The Effect of Self Interest Motivation on Income Redistribution There is a transitional gain that occurs when self-interested individuals secure a flow of benefits to be redistributed their way. The flow of benefits gets capitalized into assets with the transfer. Recipients receive only a normal rate of return on their now more highly valued assets. …

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When does a President become a dictator?

This from today’s Washington Post: President Obama is considering a series of new executive actions aimed at working around a recalcitrant Congress….One of the first orders is expected this week….The moves underscore Obama’s increasingly aggressive use of executive authority….. Query: Does the U.S. Constitution provide for a President to bypass “a recalcitrant Congress” when it …

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An Essay: What is “Constitutional”? Who decides?

Yesterday I cited an 1886 Supreme Court decision that ruled that unconstitutional actions or statutes are…inoperative, and of no effect (see it HERE). My long-time buddy and fellow lawyer—I’ll call him Larry—sent me a friendly warning about that post, as follows:

What exactly does this mean?

“An unconstitutional act is not a law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; it affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation as inoperative as though it had never been passed.” Norton v. Shelby County, 118 U.S. 425, 426 (1886). That’s a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. We …

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