The Constitution was intended to impose checks and balances, separation of powers, and other limits on the power of government, particularly the federal government. Any reading of that foundational document that ignores that purpose ignores the Constitution entirely. Among the three branches of the federal government, the “least dangerous branch” was the federal judiciary. The Supreme Court is the only federal court provided for in the Constitution, although lesser federal courts could be created (and destroyed) by Congress, and the jurisdiction of all those federal courts, with only very limited explicit jurisdiction by the Supreme Court, was determined by Congress.
In a break with America’s conventional policy on the matter, the Obama administration announced earlier this week that it would once again be siding with Argentina, this time in the dispute between the UK and Argentina over the Falkland Islands. By default, Obama has sided against Britain in the ongoing conflict over the island chain at the center of a 1982 war.
Texas has joined Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, and host of other states in the battle against illegal immigration, and illegal alien activists are just an angry in the Lone Star State as they are in the others.
The state Senate has passed a law that permits police to question the immigration status of arrestees and those they legally detain. And, importantly, cities in Texas will no longer be permitted to establish themselves as sanctuaries for illegal aliens.
The federal government, in using its illegitimate and unconstitutional authority to regulate various industries — such as food, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and other commodities — has raised the ire of producers and advocates of raw milk consumption, including Amish communities throughout the American heartland.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is well known as the most politically-engaged and radically leftist labor union in the United States today. SEIU frequently co-partners with the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) and Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) on various legislative and political events, and was a close partner of corrupt leftist advocacy group ACORN, but is now attempting to also steer the course of Republican politics.
The House of Representatives is upping the ante with regard to President Barack Obama’s ongoing, illegal war in Libya. On Monday that body passed an amendment that prohibits the use of certain funds for the Libyan excursion. The amendment, introduced by California Democrat Brad Sherman, states simply: “None of the funds made available by this act may be used in contravention of the War Powers Act.”
Brooklyn, New York, resident Robert Sayegh (left) is considering a lawsuit after he was removed from a Delta Airlines carrier flight for cursing.
The Detroit Free Press reports:
Robert Sayegh was on a Delta Airlines carrier flight [Atlantic Southeast Airlines] [coming] home from his cousin's wedding in Kansas City when he said a flight attendant overheard him complaining about a 45-minute delay to a fellow passenger.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is issuing a new edition of its manual, the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, the New York Times reports. The 2011 edition, the paper says, gives “significant new powers” to FBI agents, allowing them “to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention.”
Earlier in the month a headline on the Rasmussen Report website reported that “21% say states have right to secede.”
That figure was derived from the results of a survey of 1,000 adults conducted on May 30-31, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error was +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys was conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.
Does purchasing nail polish remover or hydrogen peroxide at the local pharmacy put you on a federal terrorist watch list? Apparently, the answer to that question is "yes" under a broad-based "interpretation" of the Patriot Act used by the Bush and Obama administrations.