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US Constitution’s Twelfth Amendment: Correcting a Founding Error

The Founders’ recognition of human failings drove creation of many constitutional institutions.  Powers were separated and sovereignty divided to protect against human tendencies to accumulate power.  Most institutions were designed with the flaws of humanity in mind. The Founders ignored these considerations of human nature in some instances and the results were mistakes. Among the mistakes was the system […]

Book Review: The Second Revolution and The 2nd Amendment

“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an […]

What a President Can Legally Do with His Phone and Pen, Part II

David Frost: you’re saying is that there are certain situations … where the president can decide that it’s in the best interests of the nation or something, and do something illegal. Richard Nixon: Well, when the president does it that means that it is not illegal.[1]  “… if Congress won’t act soon … I will.” Barack Obama, […]

What a President Can Legally Do With a Pen and a Phone, Part I

President Obama brought national attention to the idea of running the country by “executive order” with his now famous:   “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone”. He made that intent clear during the 2013 and 2014 State of the Union Addresses as well: “… if Congress won’t act soon … I will…  I will […]

Trying to Grasp $16 Trillion Debt: Stars, Blood Cells and More

So here I sit eating lunch and my mind can’t seem to get off Washington, or Obama, or the deficit. I feel like I’m going crazy with the numbers our government keeps spewing at us. So I thought I’d look up some comparisons to try to get the number, 16 trillion1, (our current debt) into […]

Byron Donalds, THE TALK Part I: What Happened in the 2012 Elections?

The first of a three part look at the 2012 elections:  What happened? What’s next for the GOP? Who is the next leader? Part I: What Happened? It’s been three months, so enough time has passed since the November elections. It takes time to get over heartbreak, but time in politics goes fast and the […]

ICE Agent Lawsuit Asserts Obama Dream Act Policy Is Illegal

On June 15, 2012 President Obama announced that his administration would stop deportation of certain classes of illegal aliens.  The question arises:  does he have the constitutional authority to execute such a policy?  Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and theState of Mississippi believe he does not. In a June 15 White House statement, President […]

Article II of the US Constitution: Election & Powers of the US President

The President of the United States is considered to be the most powerful individual in the world. The principal source of this power is Article II of the US Constitution. Article II outlines term of office, the selection, the qualifications, the oath, the powers of appointment, the responsibilities and provisions for impeachment. This is done […]