In 2012, were the American people to go to the ballot box and deposit their vast political capital in the account of Barack Obama, the word is that he will use it to fund a vigorous anti-gun crusade.

The growing unrest among state legislatures and the zeal of millions of Americans to restore the balance between the federal and state governments (principally through the restoration of the sovereignty of the states) is presaged by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay in the seminal work of American political philosophy: the Federalist Papers.

Arguments in one of the lawsuits challenging Barack Obama’s eligibility to be President of the United States has finally worked its way through the California court system and will be heard by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on May 2.

Tea PartyFrom reading the news and listening to the talking heads, one might get the impression that the Tea Party movement consists of government-slashing radicals who are equally fed up with both the big-government Democrats and the slightly-smaller-government Republicans. A recent McClatchy-Marist poll, however, suggests that Tea Party members and sympathizers are far less Ron Paul and far more Mitt Romney.

Thanks to Donald Trump and his billion-dollar-network bully pulpit, the issue of President Obama’s birthplace (and the related issue of why he’s never released a long-form birth certificate) is not going away.

Earlier this week, mainstream media mainstay CNN published a story with the headline: “Who’s Really Eligible to be President?” In the opinion piece, the author, Gabriel "Jack" Chin, Professor of Law at the University of Arizona's Rogers College, immediately telegraphs his own take on the issue with the following opening paragraph: