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Monthly Feature: Divided Justice

Disrespect for constitutional order is a political disease of the democratic form of government that progressive interests have vigorously encouraged for one hundred years. Continue reading

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Fast Track and TPP: The Death of National Sovereignty, State Sovereignty, Separation of Powers, and Democracy

Criticism of Fast Track and TPP has mostly focused on economic impacts, but little on the impact to national and state sovereignty, constitutional separation of powers, or democracy. Continue reading

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A Little-Noted Masterpiece of Constitutional Scholarship by Justice Thomas

Justice Thomas has provided us a masterpiece of constitutional thinking, explaining why “administrative law” — the practice of delegating to bureaucrats the making and enforcement of rules with the force of law — is so profoundly unconstitutional. Continue reading

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The Obama Administration vs. The Constitution

Ronald J. Pestritto, Assistant Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, delivers this fascinating, informative, and (sadly) funny speech as part of the “First Principles on First Fridays” lecture series, May 26, 2011. The series was sponsored by Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom: Noah Webster

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are … Continue reading

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Gun Control Update: Legal Challenge to New York’s SAFE ACT Mounted by We The People of New York, Inc.

Led by We The People of New York, Inc. founder, Robert Schulz, a total of 1,256 plaintiffs from 58 New York counties filed a constitutional challenge against the NY SAFE ACT in the New York Supreme Court in Albany on February 28, 2013. The complaint was served on defendants Governor Andrew Cuomo, Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver, leaders of the State Senate, Senators Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein, as well as Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson: Liberty and Power

It seems to me that in our present condition, the only means of getting judges, legislators, and executives to consult the actual provisions of the Constitution and to obey the oaths they take to observe its bounds and protect it is to adopt sanctions against its violation or evasion. In sum, it should be made a crime punishable by removal from office for any government officer, including members of Congress, to participate affirmatively in any act not authorized by or in violation of the Constitution. Trial for those accused should be in United States District Courts before a jury charged with determining whether a violation has taken place and a judge empowered to remove them from office. Continue reading

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