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America First: The MAGA Manifesto

Before Thomas Paine published Common Sense in January, 1776, in the British North American colonies, no one would utter the word “Independence”.  By July 4th, a little over six months later the Continental Congress issued the Declaration of Independence. In more recent times, the concept of placing America First was something like “independence”, not to […]

My Support for Judge Kavanaugh

Investigating President Trump’s nomination for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh brought back memories of law school and a nettlesome problem I observed in America. Here’s how I came to believe a Justice Kavanaugh will be good for America. As part of being on law review all members write a piece called a “note”. It’s […]

Supreme Court Upholds “Travel Ban” With “DUH”

There’s a legal phrase that an appellate court uses to say a lower court failed to follow the law: ABUSE OF DISCRETION It’s the legal equivalent of “DUH”. In his majority opinion for the United States Supreme Court that upheld President Trump’s limitations on travel to the United States in the case of Hawaii v. […]

Police Officer, Good Samaritan, Guardian Angel

It is said that every day of life is an important day because you can never have it back. None the less, it is clear when you look ahead on the calendar, some days loom as more important than others. Friday May 11, 2018 was to be more important than others. I was scheduled to […]

Is The OIG and Michael Horowitz Our Best Hope?

Our constitutional republic is predicated upon the rule of law.  We stand to lose the republic and our freedoms when those who have been entrusted with power utilize that power, not for the public good, but rather for personal political gain.  As we learn from the Declaration of Independence,  “Governments are instituted among Men” to secure […]

Justice Gorsuch and the Rule of Law in His Own Words

“It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives.” Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch, January 31, 2017 (After his nomination on January 31, 2017, Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate on April 7, 2017.  The title of this piece was altered to reflect that.) Over the next few […]

The First American Christmas: The Battle of Trenton

In December, 1776 the British had driven Gen. George Washington and his men out of New York and across New Jersey. Things looked very bleak for the Americans. In their escape from the British the Americans commandeered every boat they could find to cross the Delaware River into Bucks County, Pennsylvania. They were starving, sick […]