The cornerstone of American jurisprudence is that the accused is innocent until proven guilty. If your car is caught going through a red light by a traffic camera, however, you will be sent a ticket, even if you were not driving it at the time.
Mark Twain, upon hearing that his obituary had been erroneously published, told a reporter, “Reports of my death are exaggerated.” Lately, there has been a similarly premature concert of requiems sung over the admittedly emaciated body of our founding charter. Although the enemies of liberty, foreign and domestic, have enjoyed some success in extracting the vitals from our body politic and the Constitution that is its lifeblood, there remains a noticeable, pulse and it is not time to pull the plug.
On August 13, local CBS affiliate 8 News Now asked Nevada Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle if she still supported an earlier-stated position to withdraw from the United Nations. Angle, who hopes to defeat Democratic Senator Harry Reid in November, replied: “The United Nations resides on our soil and costs us money. We are — I don't see any place in the Constitution with those priorities about the United Nations. So when we start talking about cutting programs, 5-percent per year, I think the United Nations fits into that category, yes.”
In an effort to appease states infuriated over the lack of federal assistance in the area of illegal immigration, President Obama signed a $600 million border security bill to fund equipment and manpower along the southern border.
Charles Rangel, a longtime liberal Democrat from a northern industrial state (New York), a congressman who chairs the immensely powerful House Ways and Means Committee, faces almost overwhelming evidence of corruption and abuse of power. Although many of his constituents think of Rangel highly — because of all the favors he has been able to do for them over his long tenure in Congress, he faces a tough reelection fight. Still, Rangel intends to fight to keep his seat in Congress.