Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

July 29, 2009

Where’s The Authority ?

Walter Williams asks a question that, unfortunately, nobody in power bothers to ask anymore: A president has no power to raise or lower taxes. He can propose tax measures or veto them, but since Congress can ignore presidential proposals and override a presidential veto, it has the ultimate taxing power. The same principle applies to […]

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July 1, 2009

Common Ground for the Left and the Right on the Bill of Rights

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April 18, 2009

Gov. Rick Perry’s Tenth Amendment Stance: Principle or Political Pandering?

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. – Amendment X – Powers of the States and People. Ratified 12/15/1791. Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) in his support of HCR 50, a resolution reaffirming Texas’ […]

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March 26, 2009

Note To Orrin Hatch — 13-0 May Be A Travesty, But It’s Not Congress’ Business

Orrin Hatch is undoubtedly merely responding to his constituents’ demands with this nonsense. The Utah Utes finished 13-0 last season, with notable wins over Michigan, Oregon State, ranked teams TCU and BYU, and a BCS bowl defeat of Alabama. It’s a pretty impressive resume. They were the only undefeated team in Div I-A (FBS). But […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:58 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Anti-Trust,Commerce Clause,Government Regulation,Monopolies
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January 30, 2009

Lawsuit Filed Alleging Hillary Clinton Is Ineligible To Serve As Secretary Of State

Judicial Watch, which was a thorn in the side of the Clinton Administration back in the 1990’s, has filed a lawsuit alleging that Hillary Clinton is ineligible to serve as Secretary of State: WASHINGTON — A conservative watchdog group filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing that Hillary Rodham Clinton cannot legally serve as secretary of state, […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:20 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,Legal,Politics,Separation Of Powers
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January 22, 2009

Montana Brings A Gun (10th Amendment) To A Knife (Interstate Commerce) Fight

This could get interesting: A personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Montana and that remains within the borders of Montana is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce. It is declared by the legislature that […]

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October 28, 2008

Barack Obama Says The Constitution Is Flawed, And He’s Right

In what seems to be a follow-up to yesterday’s kerfuffle about Barack Obama’s comments about the Warren Court and redistribution of wealth, there’s now an audio clip of him from the same radio program discussing what he called a “fundamental flaw” in the Constitution: I think it’s a remarkable document… The original Constitution as well […]

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April 10, 2008

Right To Contract vs. “Human Rights”

Eugene Volokh writes about a case in New Mexico that demonstrates the extent to which the right to decide who you do business with has been eroded in the name of so-called anti-discrimination laws: Elaine Huguenin co-owns Elane Photography with her husband. The bulk of Elane’s work is done by Elaine, though she subcontracts some […]

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March 26, 2008

The Threat To Limited Government In 2008

The Cato Institute’s William Niskanen points out that limited government is unlikely to fare well regardless of who’s elected in November: An administration and Congress of either party is likely to approve a federal program of universal health insurance. Such a program was endorsed by most of the presidential candidates in both parties, was implemented […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:29 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,Election '08,Politics
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January 17, 2008

Can The Government Force You To Reveal A Password ?

That’s the interesting legal question posed by a case out of Vermont: The federal government is asking a U.S. District Court in Vermont to order a man to type a password that would unlock files on his computer, despite his claim that doing so would constitute self-incrimination. The case, believed to be the first of […]

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December 3, 2007

The Nanny State Invades The School Cafeteria

Today’s New York Times reports that the Senate is about to consider a proposal to ban candy, soda, and fatty foods from the nation’s school cafeterias: Federal lawmakers are considering the broadest effort ever to limit what children eat: a national ban on selling candy, sugary soda and salty, fatty food in school snack bars, […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 2:31 pm || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,Federalism,The Nanny State
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September 1, 2007

Another Strike Against Mike Huckabee

He supports a Federal law banning smoking in public places. Governor, do me a favor, please read this document, especially this part, then read this Amendment, and this one. Now, tell me, where exactly does the Congress of the United States get the authority to regulate smoking in public places ?

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:27 am || Permalink || Comments (13) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,Federalism,Separation Of Powers
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April 18, 2007

The Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision And Federal Power

Today, the Supreme Court upheld a nationwide ban on the controversial abortion procedure that has come to be called “partial birth” abortion: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court upheld the nationwide ban on a controversial abortion procedure Wednesday, handing abortion opponents the long-awaited victory they expected from a more conservative bench. The 5-4 ruling said the […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:37 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,General
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