Constitution

The Bill of Rights: Antipathy to Militarism

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The Third Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that “no Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.” Obviously, the Third Amendment has little relevance today. But what is relevant for us today is the mindset that ... [click for more]

The Bill of Rights: Freedom of Speech

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When the Constitution was being proposed to our American ancestors in 1787, many people expressed the concern that the document failed to specify the fundamental rights of the people that would be immune from assault by federal officials. The response to that argument was that since the Constitution expressly restricted the government to specified, enumerated powers, and since those powers ... [click for more]

Lessons about Our Constitution from Abu Ghraib

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Those who think that the U.S. Constitution is an antiquated document with no relevance to modern times might want to consider how federal officials would operate in the absence of constitutional restraints. The best evidence for such a thought experiment exists in Iraq, where U.S. officials have had ... [click for more]

A Visit to the National Constitution Center

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A colleague of mine — the chairman of Rider University’s American Studies Department — brought his wife and two young boys down from Manhattan to Philly for the weekend. And so I finally got around to visiting the year-old, multi-million-dollar, multi-media National Constitution Center. This sprawling museum of ... [click for more]

A Successful War Is Being Waged on the Bill of Rights

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Two years after launching of the War on Terrorism and the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the most successful war being waged by the United States seems to be against the U.S. Constitution, not terrorists. Although the war in Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power and damaged Osama bin Ladens al-Qaida ... [click for more]

Saddam’s Capture Violates U.S. Constitution

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Saddam Hussein went a great distance toward establishing the kind of totalitarianism that emerged in the early 20th century in Russia, then Italy and Germany. It was a regime based on a pervasive party and ideology, self-adulation by the dictator (with concomitant privileges), and rule by terror. The ... [click for more]

The Revolution’s Forgotten Hero

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On December 15, an anniversary will come and go with little or no fanfare. It will probably pass unnoticed, even though it is the anniversary of one of the greatest events in the history of written law. On that day, the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America, commonly known as the Bill of ... [click for more]

So Much for Federal “Justice”

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Those who are still operating under the quaint and innocent notions that the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution are antiquated technicalities in the new era of the so-called war on terror and that federal officials can now be trusted with the omnipotent power to ... [click for more]

Justices Show Their True Colors

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The recent Supreme Court ruling overturning a Texas sodomy law has received a great deal of attention from “gay rights” groups, Christian conservatives, and just about everyone in between, all ready to offer their opinion of how the Court’s decision will affect future legislation, federalism, and social conduct in ... [click for more]

Celebrating the Fourth of July

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Let’s not mince words: The “freedom” that Americans celebrate today is opposite to the freedom that Americans celebrated on, say, July 4, 1890. Think about it: In 1890, Americans were celebrating a way of life in which there was no income tax, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, drug war, gun control, ... [click for more]

What’s Happened to America?

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Who says the government schools and the welfare state don’t work? They work perfectly. They were designed to put the American people into a political coma, and that’s what they’ve done. The objective would never be framed that way. The politicians would say that the purpose was to create ... [click for more]
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