After having drastically accelerated the militarization of local police forces by the federal government, Obama is now having second thoughts about it — or so the administration and the establishment press would have you believe based on widely reported “de-militarization” edicts issued last week. But while the decrees were framed by virtually all of the establishment media as reining in federal programs that provide military gear to law enforcement, the real agenda, as usual, is about empowering Washington, D.C. — in this case, to exert even more control over local police departments across America. Indeed, much of the military gear can still be obtained from the feds, as long as officers are first subjected to more federal “training” programs and police departments submit to new “national policing standards” across the board. The new rules also fit well with the broader agenda of nationalizing law enforcement and other key sectors.
Supporters of the right to keep and bear arms have won another small victory in the long war to preserve the original intent of the Second Amendment. It's only a preliminary injunction, but U.S. District Judge Frederick Scullin is likely to make his ruling permanent in July.
In the very near future, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to release what could be a major landmark ruling on same-sex marriage. But it may be much more than that. The ruling may also address key questions of constitutional interpretation, state vs. federal authority, and the meaning of the term "rule of law."
With a call for “open rebellion” against the program, Senator Rand Paul held the Senate floor for ten-and-a-half hours Wednesday in opposition to extending provisions of the Patriot Act.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Maryland tax that ultimately double-taxed its residents for income earned in other states. Fox News reports that the ruling is likely to cost Maryland, and any other states with similar policies, hundreds of millions of dollars.