Donald Trump defends his use of eminent domain for development purposes by misconstruing his proposed use. While happily admitting that he used the “takings” power to fight with a woman in Atlantic City who refused to give him her property so that he could expand a hotel, he then intentionally dodges the core objection, by arguing, “without it we wouldn’t have roads, highways, airports, schools or even pipelines.”
In the difficult winter of 1777, General George Washington’s army was suffering from bitter cold, a lack of supplies and the obvious superiority of British forces.
Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton were both active in the Revolutionary effort and in the founding of the United States. Later they served the republic under President George Washington, with Jefferson becoming the first Secretary of State and Hamilton the
Much has been made about the present divide in the Republican Party. Mississippi is no stranger to the controversy. My U.S. Senate race against Thad Cochran in 2014 exposed deep divisions within the party, both state and national. But to fully comprehend why this is happening, we have to understand the background story. Central to the divide is how people, particularly the mainstream press, attempt to define the combatants.
It is not a mistake that Congress and its powers were established in Article One, for it was envisioned as the most powerful of the three branches because it alone would decide the laws that would govern the central authority, albeit in accordance with the powers provided in the Constitution. Today that constitutional system is wrecked. We have become the Regulatory States of America, with our republic operating under a vast regulatory apparatus in Washington that has become the Fourth Branch of Government.
With Father’s Day today, I’ve been paying special attention to the wonderful moments of life.
The people of Mississippi are still as kind and generous as they come, leading the nation in charitable giving, compassion, generosity and church membership. The problem is not with us, the good and decent people inhabiting our great state and nation, but with the racial demagogues who preach the destructive divisiveness of racial politics, engaging in race-baiting and despicable appeals to primitive instincts for personal gain and political expediency.
It is troubling that ten Republicans, including Thad Cochran, would relinquish their principles so quickly to ensure the Department of Justice is headed by another anti-Constitution, lawless radical.
Those of us who follow the tenets of conservatism know the tired, worn-out campaign catchwords and phrases well: extremist, radical, fanatic, zealot, racist, arsonist.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Americans awoke to the realization of international terrorism. Soon thereafter, the federal government began seeking answers as to how such a calamity could have possibly taken place and which terror networks were behind it.
Who is America’s greatest national security threat at the present time?
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson pushed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) through Congress, a $1 billion program to help poor students and less fortunate school districts. When he signed the bill into law on April 11, 1965, LBJ stated that he believed that “no law I have signed or will ever sign means more to the future of America.” If he meant a bleaker future, his prediction has certainly come true.
Put simply, not everything about human nature is reducible to society’s modes of production. A person is a moral, political and religious entity. And it is his natural complexity that we seek to conserve.