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 16, 2009

Government Abandons Lying; Resorts To Pure Naked Threats

I’m at a loss. I don’t know what world can justify this, and can only hope that my readers will be just as appalled as I am, because I have nothing to add. WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson testified on Thursday that he pressured Bank of America Corp. last year to go [...]

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June 12, 2009

Charles Lynch Sentenced to 1 Year and 1 Day in Prison

Read the news story here and reason‘s coverage here. The video below is Lynch’s response: While I’m not happy that Mr. Lynch is doing time for legally dispensing marijuana under California’s compassionate use law, he certainly could have received a much harsher sentence (up to 100 years). U.S. District Judge George Wu should be commended [...]

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April 23, 2009

Is It Time For A Federalism Amendment ?

Law Professor Randy Barnett thinks so: In response to an unprecedented expansion of federal power, citizens have held hundreds of “tea party” rallies around the country, and various states are considering “sovereignty resolutions” invoking the Constitution’s Ninth and Tenth Amendments. For example, Michigan’s proposal urges “the federal government to halt its practice of imposing mandates [...]

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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 3, 2009

Meet The New Unitary Executive, Same As The Old Unitary Executive

The Obama Administration is adopting some of the same legal theories that President Bush used to enhance the powers of the Presidency: A federal appeals court rejected the Obama administration’s attempt Friday to stop a judge in San Francisco from reviewing a challenge to the wiretapping program ordered by former President George W. Bush. Hours [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:37 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Separation Of Powers,The Surveillance State
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February 17, 2009

In Defense Of The “Filibuster”

Ezra Klein, who is a majoritarian: Rather, I’d argue that the central question is “legitimacy.” We have a party-based electoral system that, particularly in the Senate, pushes towards a relatively even division of power. The question then becomes whether we’re more comfortable with the consequences of a system where the minority can block good policy [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:04 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Politics,Separation Of Powers
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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 29, 2009

Blagojevich Gets the Boot

Fox News Reports: Illinois senators stripped Gov. Rod Blagojevich of power Thursday in the final act of a political drama that handed the reins of state government to his estranged lieutenant governor, Pat Quinn, and likely will end Blagojevich’s career in politics. Senators voted unanimously to convict Blagojevich and bar him from holding political office [...]

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January 20, 2009

If a picture is worth a thousand words…

…then here is something that should dovetail nicely with Doug’s post below: Picture source: REUTERS/Jason Reed h/t: Radley Balko, who also posted a video that was pulled just a few minutes ago. It featured a bunch of celebrities (so I know, it shouldn’t be taken seriously) but it included the line “I pledge to be [...]

Posted By: mike @ 10:28 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Politics,Separation Of Powers
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Remember, We’re Inaugurating A President, Not Coronating A King

Words of wisdom: Men( and any woman will tell you this ) are just men. Some are good, some are bad, but they all have their flaws. Let us not forget that he is a man, and only a man and that any man who holds the office will someday leave it. Let us pray [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:37 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Politics,Separation Of Powers
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December 12, 2008

Do We Even Need Congress Any More?

Signing statements were wrong enough… Now Bush is saying “if Congress won’t do it, I’ll do it myself“: Under mounting pressure to act, the Bush administration said Friday it was ready to step in and prevent the U.S. auto industry from collapsing after the Senate refused to pass a rescue bill endorsed by the White [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:43 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Politics,Separation Of Powers,Theory and Ideas
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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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October 23, 2008

Don’t Forget to Study Before the Final!

I just received my mail-in ballot a week or so ago. The ballot, with multiple choices with arrows to be filled out next to each choice, reminds me of taking standardized tests back in the day. Some tests were easier than others but I knew that if I did not study, one of two things [...]

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October 6, 2008

Just What Was The Administration Threatening Recalcitrant Representatives With? Martial Law?!?

I hope that Representative Sherman is the victim of a bad game of “telephone”. If he is not, if the administration really did threaten to impose martial law if the bill weren’t passed, then the time has come for us to cast out the vipers in Washington D.C. Hat tip to The Crossed Pond and [...]

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September 24, 2008

Welcome to the U.S.S.A.

For those of us who value the concept of life, liberty, and property, there doesn’t seem to be much reason to be optimistic for America’s future. Last week we saw one government (taxpayer) bail out after another. The price tag seems to grow a couple of hundred billion dollars each day (depending on which figures [...]

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August 14, 2008

Government Reefer Madness Update: Lynch Receives 100 Year Sentence

This is an update to a post I wrote in late June. Maybe its time to propose some sort of “fully informed jury” legislation and demand a return to federalism?

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July 1, 2008

Do we really need a leader?

The always thought provoking J.D. Tucille of ‘The Disloyal Opposition’ answers this question with an emphatic , No! Both major presidential candidates have made it quite clear that — policy differences aside — they’re running to be national leader and they want to be assessed on their readiness to take the nation’s helm. That’s a [...]

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May 29, 2008

States Rights — Petty Oppression Better Than Widespread Oppression?

I’ve long said that I only support democracy so much as democracy improves individual rights. Likewise, I only support federalism and states rights so much as they improve individual rights. Federalism is a means, and liberty is an end. And as this story shows, local government doesn’t always lead to more libertarian ends than we [...]

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May 24, 2008

Interview with Libertarian Presidential Candidate Wayne Allyn Root

Liberty Papers: I’m here with Libertarian Presidential Candidate Wayne Allyn Root and Cornelius Swart of The Portland Sentinel Portland Sentinel: Okay, so how did you feel about yesterday’s debate based on the rankings? Root: I don’t think that really had anything to do with it. This is a very different crowd. The debate was not [...]

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