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The Four Horsemen of the Dem-apocalypse

The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes. -Tony Blair Much focus has been on the National Government since the election of 2010. Of course, the real story of that election

Layman's Guide to Obamacare Decision

Judge Henry Hudson’s recent decision in Virginia v. Sebelius rejected the notion that Obamacare’s individual mandate is constitutionally justified as either a regulation of interstate commerce or a tax for the general welfare. First we will examine the individual mandate

A Congressional Race to Watch (and Support)

In the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri, a race for the ages is taking place. Ed Martin (R), one of the originals involved with the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and endorsed by that organization, is fighting to replace Russ

The Constitutional Oath

As an attorney and perpetual student of the law, I have never been comfortable with the idea of litigating constitutional issues. Courts represent the last resort for citizens oppressed by their own government. As Jonah Goldberg noted at National Review,

Electoral College Attack Leads to Voter Fraud

The latest attack perpetrated by progressive-statists strikes at the republican nature of our constitutional system through the destruction of the electoral college. No doubt Project Vote, the ACORN spawn and the Secretary of State Project are behind this tyrranical endeavor.

Judges, Guns and Money: Part III

How was I to know [he] was with the Russians, too? Justice Stevens’ opinion leaves him on the wrong side of history regarding the importance of the 2nd Amendment. Part III deals with Justice Stevens’ dissenting opinion in McDonald v.

Judges, Guns and Money: Part II

Send lawyers, guns and money…the sh%$ has hit the fan! Seriously! Justice Thomas opened a whole new chapter in constitutional jurisprudence with his concurring opinion regarding the 14th Amendment‘s “privileges and immunities” clause. Part II deals with Justice Thomas’ concurring

Judges, Guns and Money: Part I

I’m the innocent bystander…not anymore! In Heller, we held that the Second Amendment protects the right to possess a handgun in the home for the purpose of self-defense. Unless considerations of stare decisis counsel otherwise, a provision of the Bill

August 3: The Most Important Day in America

No, not because this is the day that the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, was sworn into office; although the words of “Silent Cal” lend credence to the modern movement in opposition to progressive-statism. Take a gander:

Repealing ObamaCare: State Solutions

Repealing Obamacare via Article V is a means of last resort, or rather a threat to the national bureaucratic government should those in Washington not jump on board. In the meantime, states, those individual laboratories of liberty, are attempting a

From Eloquent Advocates to Boorish Hacks

The 17th Amendment is stupid: The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years…. But let me start at the beginning. Article I 3 cl. 1

Judge Richard Posner vs. Academic Elena Kagan

I have been perusing the paper trail for SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan, but most of it is mere puffery written for the purposes of a future nomination. I will continue to examine her record and analyze her work (because politicians

Progressives in America

Alexis de Tocqueville traveled to the United States of America in 1831 on assignment from the French government to study the American prison system. One result of those travels was a rather prophetic study of American society, “Democracy in America.”

The Emperor's Old Robe: Justice John Paul Stevens

Despite praise as a civil libertarian and liberal advocate, Justice Stevens’ real friend was government. Justice John Paul Stevens, retiring before the United States Supreme Court’s fall term, has long been considered the leader of the liberal’s intellectual bloc on

Article V: Repealing ObamaCare

There is much talk of repealing socialized medicine, though the rhetoric has waffled a bit since passage. The problem is that even if we gain majorities in Congress we still need 60 votes in the Senate to avoid a filibuster,

Was Coffingate A Fundraising Stunt?

I know a little something about coffins. And I know when I’m being lied to. An email arrived in my inbox this afternoon from Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s baby-brother, Congressman Russ Carnahan (D-Missouri). In this email, Carnahan pledges

The Constitutional Case Against Progressives

[Do not read this article without a copy of the Constitution, and if you do not have one handy, shame on you (link here).] A line is being drawn in the sand between the statists and Americans, and I use

ACORN's Attorneys Stole $450,000 From Missouri Taxpayers

In July 2005, the United States Justice Department began investigating Missouri for non-compliance under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA). Justice was not investigating for failure to register voters; rather the problem was too many voters. About 1/3

Project Vote In Ohio: It Ain't The Voting, It's The Counting

“Congress should address the need for both national standards and a more robust enforcing authority. If not, more decision making will fall to the states,” said Miles Rapoport, President of Dēmos, an umbrella corporation for the myriad of progressive groups

Michigan And ACORN: When At First You Don't Succeed

Project Vote has been causing mischief in the Midwest since before President Obama was their community organizer, but this last decade has seen an evolution in the number and sophistication of state cases. We start in Michigan, where The Secretary

My Name Is Legion: The Secretary Of State Project(s)

The progressive movement is often difficult to pin down because allied groups use multiple names and organizations to spread confusion and give the appearance of both overwhelming numbers and independent expenditure. We should not be fooled by this host of