Below, is Judge Andrew Napolitano giving his assessment of the first Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. And, further, making the case as to why both of these candidates are very sad choices to be the next President of The United States.
In 1787, after The United States Constitution was written, and prior to it’s ratification, in 1789, there were a considerable amount of citizens, in the thirteen respective States, who were very skeptical about ratifying this Federal Constitution, and thus creating this new Federal Government. James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay wrote a collection of articles and essays called The Federalist – which, today, we refer to as The Federalist Papers – in hopes to gain support in favor of ratification. Conversely, a series of essays were written by a few men, writing under pseudonyms, warning against ratification, and making the case that the proposed Constitution was not sufficient in guarding against tyranny.
The anti-Federalists, as they were called, insisted that a Bill of Rights be included in this new Federal Constitution if it were to have any hope of gaining their support. Eventually, the Federalists conceded to a Bill of Rights, which would be drafted in the form of Constitutional Amendments and sent to the States for ratification once The Constitution was ratified and the first Congress was convened.
While today, The Bill of Rights is largely accepted as a critical part of our Federal Constitution, it is very interesting to read the conflicting opinions of that time, as both the Federalists and the anti-Federalists made very valid and very insightful observations. Below, I will first share the anti-Federalist point of view. Below that, I will share The Federalist point of view. After reading both, and considering the state of our Government, today, it’s not hard to see the validity of both points of view. Continue reading
The below video is Ron Paul, in 1988, perfectly explaining the principles of Libertarianism:
Libertarians make few, if any exceptions for Government. If we, as average citizens, are to be bound by certain moral standards, then, we can not expect or give power to our Government(s) to operate outside of those same moral constraints.
The below video does an amazing job at explaining 10 core principles that, I believe, most (Libertarians) Classical Liberals would agree on:
The Washington Post: “The Supreme Court on Tuesday [April 22nd] made clear that states are free to prohibit the use of racial considerations in university admissions, upholding Michigan’s constitutional amendment (via a 2006 referendum – Prop 2) banning affirmative action.”
CNN: “The referendum effort was led by Jennifer Gratz, who was at the center of the decade-old high court case.
As a white student, she was put on the waiting list for undergraduate admission to the state’s largest university. She eventually attended another school, and became the lead plaintiff in a subsequent discrimination lawsuit.
After the Supreme Court’s 2003 decision, she began a public campaign to end racial preferences in admissions.
“This will be an important day in the fight for true equality,” said Gratz, who is now CEO of the XIV Foundation, which advocates for “equal treatment.” “How the court rules in this case will have national importance, determining whether or not citizens have the right to choose equality over discrimination.”
Earlier today, on Fox News Sunday, was a great debate between Jennifer Gratz, and Shanta Driver. And, I must say, I was “very impressed” with Jennifer Gratz. She made many well-reasoned, and well-articulated arguments against affirmative action. She was brilliant!
And, while Shanta Driver, “the civil rights lawyer who argued unsuccessfully before the Supreme Court to end Michigan’s affirmative action ban” was, for the most part, very cordial, she “repeated Sunday that the high court’s decision was “racist.”
Here is the full debate:
Below, is a GREAT segment from the libertarian show, “The Independents,” with guest, Judge Andrew Napolitano, speaking about the real history of President Abraham Lincoln:
Below, is a clip, from February 6th, of Catherine Engelbrecht, who is a small business owner, and founder of the King Street Patriots, testifying before a Congressional Committee. In her testimony, she said that, ever since she applied for tax-exempt status for the King Street Patriots, her family and her business have been scrutinized by multiple federal agencies – which suggests that this scrutiny, from the Federal Government, may very well be “politically motivated.”
The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions:
“In the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “The several states composing the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government” and “where powers are assumed [by the general government] which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy.” James Madison, in his Virginia Resolution of 1798, asserted the core premise of all nullification laws– that State governments not only have the right to resist unconstitutional Federal acts, but that, in order to protect liberty, they are “duty bound to interpose” or stand between the Federal government and the people of their state.”
Nullification Begins with YOU:
“Nullification is not secession or insurrection, but neither is it unconditional or unlimited submission. Nullification is not something that requires any decision, statement or action from any branch of the federal government. Nullification is not the result of obtaining a favorable court ruling.”
Back in August, I wrote a post called, “Article Five And The Liberty Amendments,” referring readers to the Article V process in The United States Constitution, and Mark Levin’s great book, “The Liberty Amendments.”
In this post, I wanted to share the 10 (below) proposed Amendments that Mark Levin suggested in his book. While we may not agree with all of the suggested amendments, in their totality, or perhaps we may feel that some amendments should be added or deleted, Mark Levin gave us a great starting point for which to begin the discussion:
Recently, Gallup released a very telling poll, which says that, 72% of Americans say that Big Government is a greater threat than big business or big labor. While, for many of us, this is not really a shock, it is definitely a positive sign for those of us who do not believe in Big Government, and favor Individual Liberty.
According to Gallup:
“Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor, a record high in the nearly 50-year history of this question. The prior high for big government was 65% in 1999 and 2000. Big government has always topped big business and big labor, including in the initial asking in 1965, but just 35% named it at that time.”
The entire poll can be viewed here.
The below clip is from Sunday, October 13th, in front of The White House. These protesters are protesting the shutdown of OUR (Washington D.C.) Memorials.
These THUGS should be thanking our Veterans, not threatening them! SHAME ON THEM is right! God Bless these Patriots!
Today, I received an e-mail, written by The Founder of The Tenth Amendment Center, Michael Boldin, stating the following:
“I really didn’t want to send you this email, and am not really good at beating around the bush, so I’m going to get right to it.
Our opposition – the ones working every single day to attack and destroy the Constitution and your liberty – would like nothing more than to see the Tenth Amendment Center closed for good. If I can’t get some help – and fast – they’re going to get their wish.
HERE’S THE SITUATION:
In TAC’s 7 years, we’ve built a national movement of resistance to their plans, and it’s growing day by day. Even the Associated Press had to take note recently, pointing out that now 4/5 of the states are taking steps to nullify federal acts. This is unprecedented in American history.
But we’re out of cash. We just can’t afford to keep it going. Period. Without some help – right now – we’re going to start fizzling out.”
Simply put: We can not let The Tenth Amendment Center go under! This is one of the greatest organizations, fighting BIG GOVERNMENT, and for our Individual Liberties! The Tenth Amendment Center is, and has been, a great source for American and Constitutional history; as well as a powerful political movement, for the cause of States Rights, and Federal Nullification.
Thank you very much!
Below, is a very insightful post, from The Tenth Amendment Center, that explains, nicely, that, we, The United States of America, are a “union” of sovereign states; and, that, we are first, and foremost, sovereign, “individual citizens,” of these respective states:
This coming [4th of July] Thursday, many of us will have a day off from work and be home to have a barbecue, watch the fireworks and proudly fly our American flag.
This uniquely American holiday is a time to reflect on the greatness of our Nation and its people.
However, it is not really a time to celebrate as “Americans”. It is a time to celebrate as sovereign people of the States. The Fourth of July was the day (it was actually a few days earlier) the people of the thirteen colonies through their representatives in the Congress, declared to the world that they were now independent and free States. Free from the King and Parliament and a centralized government. However, it would take a long and bloody war to actually permit these newly independent Sates to remain free.
Below is a great monologue, by John Stossel, astutely, pointing out, how, militarily-speaking, being for national “defense,” and streamlining our military, is not isolationism. Enjoy!
It is often said that, modern politics, and political ads, over the recent decades, in The United States, has gotten uglier then ever before. Do you believe that to be true? If so, please think again:
Below is President Ronald Reagan’s First Inaugural Address:
This is a Great Speech!
Below is Judge Napolitano, on Apr 20, 2011, eloquently, breaking down, the break down in personal responsibility, and our Federal Government’s efforts to diminish our individuality. He also discusses the sets of values that factions both on the left and right, historically, through The Federal Government, have been pushing on the entire country.
This is a great monologue!
Below, in this December 14th, Fox News interview, Sean Hannity is debating Congressman Anthony Wiener over taxation in The United States.
In this interview, I agree 100% with Sean. I am beyond tired, and frustrated, with this class-warfare garbage that is coming from the hard-left of our Federal Government!
The United States was founded on the idea of Equal Rights and Equal Protections. And, this quasi-Socialist rhetoric, coming from the left-wing side of our Federal Government, is not only disconcerting, but, potentially, very divisive to The American people!
I pray that all Americans of good faith, will not allow this nonsensical, and irresponsible, rhetoric, to put a wedge between you and your fellow citizens! The only thing that I really hear coming from Congressman Weiner is, we The Federal Government, know better then you commoner peasants in the private sector. This interview really crystallizes the classic debate between Collectivism vs. Individualism.
Nonetheless, most Americans are hardworking, individuals, who believe in maximum freedom! And, I trust that The Anthony Weiners of this country, will not succeed, if they continue on with this nonsense!
Below is a podcast from David Boaz of The Libertarian think tank, The CATO Institute. David reviews the policies and events, in politics, that have occurred over the last two years – The Tea Party phenomenon, and the re-realization of our Founding principles in The United States. The podcast is both insightful and educational. Enjoy!
Below is a 2008 Foxnews interview with William Buckley – Founder of The National Review, and the modern Conservative movement in The United States.
David Asman, and William Buckley, discuss the history of the modern Conservative movement in The United States.
The interview is both insightful, and educational.
The Rise Fall And Future Of Conservatism
Since the very early days of The Obama Administration, many Americans have claimed that President Obama is a Socialist; or he at least advocates Socialist policies…
Now, after one and a half years of Obama’s presidency; some very questionable political appointees; and after a long string of redistributive, and general far-left policies, 55% of The American voters say that President Obama is, indeed, a Socialist.
Please watch David Asman’s interview with Congressman Ron Paul and guests:
The video was removed from YouTube.
On June 12, 2010, Judge Andrew Napolitano launched his new show, Freedom Watch, on The Fox Business Network. On this show, I really appreciated this (below) discussion between The Judge, Congressman Ron Paul (Libertarian), and Sarah Palin (Conservative). I happen to really admire The Judge, Congressman Paul, and Sarah Palin, for their beliefs in our founding values, and our Constitution, as written, and understood, by our founders.
Due to the increasing size and scope of our Federal Government, and the increasing far-left agendas of The Obama Administration, there is no doubt, that even people who previously identified themselves as Conservatives, have increasingly moved further right, to a more Libertarian point of view. It is doubtful that our country could ever go back to a completely Libertarian state, as in the days of our founders, but it is great to see such a Constitutional awakening in our country, and a desire to move closer and closer to our founding values, and The Constitutional principles that made us such a great country, for so many years.
I have often said, “if a plant loses it’s roots,” then the plant could never survive. Conversely, if a country is too far removed from it’s foundation, then God only knows where it could lead. Sadly, the many problems that we are currently experiencing in The United States, is greatly due to the lack of prudence to our Constitution, by our Federal Government, over the last 100 or so years.
Please listen to this insightful and informative discussion:
Since the very early days, following Barack Obama’s Inauguration, and their far-reaching, Big Government, Progressive agenda, Conservative Americans on the right, have been at great odds with this administration, and the far-left Democrats which currently have the majorities in Congress.
Unfortunately, rather then things improving, it appears that things continue to increasingly get worse, as our national debt sky-rockets, unemployment stays high… and now, an ecological disaster in The Gulf of Mexico, which (containment wise) this administration does not appear to have a great command over.
While it is very understandable to see the right get angry with this far-left agenda, it now appears that the left’s own base is beginning to pile on as well… as they, unbelievably, do not think The Obama Administration is governing far enough to the left.
Politically, things do not look good for The Obama Administration. As far as the state of The United States, sadly, things do not appear to be getting any better either. Most Americans, anxiously, appear to be looking forward to November and the mid-term elections, to have a peaceful revolution at the ballot box, and hopefully, restore a bit of sanity back into our country. Until then, anger appears to continue bubbling up on both sides of the political fence.
Please listen to Bill O’Reilly on this:
Sadly, for many of us Americans, the fear of fears are beginning to come true:
In one of President Obama’s off-cue moments, speaking to Joe The Plumber, while campaigning for President, he talked about spreading the wealth around… that one line so frightened many Americans, myself included, that it nearly cost Barack Obama the election.
Most Americans are hardworking, and believe in the freedom of the individual, and the Equal Rights of each individual to pursue economic opportunity in their country. By now, most of us know, the terms spreading the wealth, or Social Justice, are terms that stem from economic systems such as Socialism and Communism… these systems have been tried, over and over, throughout history, and the outcome is rarely, if ever, a very good one. Such doctrines, are fundamentally un-American, and foreign to most American’s way of life and thinking.
Below are a few, very telling, and honest, clips:
In this clip, Democrat Senator, Max Baucus, openly admits, this newly passed health care law, is income redistribution:
In this clip, former Connecticut Governor, and one-time presidential candidate, Howard Dean, also openly admits to the same claims that many Americans were charging, prior to the passing of this law: