On two separate occasions, the League of Women Voters has refused to allow a debate audience to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, forcing the crowds to break out into a spontaneous recitation. The first incident took place last week in Illinois, while the second happened on Tuesday, October 26, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Law professor Robert Natelson wrote that because Congress has stretched its definition of “commerce” so far beyond that originally intended by the founders, “it is up to the people to recall the federal government to its constitutional limits.” Known as the “Commerce power,” Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution says that “the Congress shall have Power … to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several states.”
TexasFred, a conservative blogger, reports that West Tawakoni Mayor Pete Yoho has fired Officer Johnny Beckett from the city’s police department and also suspended for ten days without pay Police Chief Jack Schultz, after which he will be terminated. The offense alleged is that the two officers belong the Tawakoni Area Tea Party. West Tawakoni is a small town in eastern Texas with a population of about 1,500 people. In Hunt County, where West Tawakoni is located, Barack Obama received less than 30 percent of the vote in the 2008 general election, about the same percentage that John Kerry received in the 2004 general election, and a little less than the 32 percent of the vote which Al Gore received in the 2000 election.