Beware the Trump Coup

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Pretty much everyone on the left has convinced themselves that it is a fait accompli regarding Trump’s impeachment. One such leftist website recently posted an article claiming that, “Trump‘s impeachment is almost inevitable at this point. There is just too much evidence that he has violated the constitution that he can’t continue to be president. It’s just a matter of time before his own party completely turns on him.”

Depending on how the 2018 midterm election shakes-out, it may be inevitable. If the democrats take back the House of Representatives, you can bet the first thing on their docket will be to present Articles of Impeachment. Heck, they already have.

However, as far as I can see, President Trump’s record thus far is completely untarnished – as being a “big meany” is not a High Crime. To date, the Mueller hit squad has found exactly squat regarding Trump ties to neither Russia, nor anything else that is an impeachable offense. You can bet the farm that if anyone had found something – anything to sink Trump, it would have been leaked. The left has employed every dirty trickster they can find to dig up something that might be construed as “treason, bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors” (Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution). They have not found, nor will they find anything. read more

Video Podcast – Let’s Talk Taxes

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

The Senate has now passed their version of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The House has already passed their version. Now it’s on to joint committee to iron out the differences and vote. Then it’s off to the President’s desk for his signature.

Is the Senate version any good? That depends on you ask. But it’s an improvement over our current mess.

The only republican to vote against it was Bob Corker of Tennessee.

I’ll discuss the bill, what a phony Senator Corker is and my thoughts on the bill. I’ll also give my sales pitch for a different type of tax. read more

Congress – Do Your Job and End the CFPB

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created out of the disaster that is Dodd-Frank. Mark Levin claims it is unconstitutional. And if he says it is – it is. It clearly violates the separation of powers in the Constitution.

In fact, in 2016, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the mere structure of the CFPB violates Article II of the Constitution, as it gives broad, unchecked authority to a single individual – the director of the Bureau. Writing the majority opinion, Judge Brett Kavanaugh wrote that, “When the CFPB was established, it was structured to be headed by a single director rather than a multi-member commission. The director wields ‘enormous power,’ with the power to enforce 19 federal consumer protection statutes. The director can alone decide what rules to issue, how to enforce the laws, and what sanctions to impose.”

“No head of an independent agency has operated without a check on his or her authority—until now,” added Kavanaugh. It makes the director, radical leftists Richard Cordray, “In essence, the President of Consumer Finance,” and “the single most powerful official in the entire U.S. government, other than the president.” read more

The American Experiment is One of Balance

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Yes, Thanksgiving is almost upon us. A day when families all get together and give thanks for blessings afforded us as Americans.

I personally have much to be thankful for, but that’s not what I mean about giving thanks.

Although it is often overused by we on the right – I’m thankful to be an American. It sounds cheesy and jingoistic. It may be, but that doesn’t make it any less true, particularly when you know American history and what our forefathers had to go through to achieve it. And no, this will not be a history lesson. Not much of one anyway.

I wish I could travel back in time, not to change anything, but just to thank the founders for what they did – thank them for their foresight. Assure them that they did the right thing – that they didn’t go through all that for nothing. That hundreds of years later we are still talking about it, still quoting them and trying to live their ideal.

I would assure them that all the crap they had to endure was not in vain – that they made a profound difference – and not just for us, but for the entire world. If it wasn’t for them, Earth would be awash in anarchy, despotism and dictatorships. read more

Shut Down the CFPB – Save the $650 Million

from IBD:

Like so many bureaucracies, the Obama-era Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a creation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, began with the very best of intentions. But it has failed to do its job. Following the resignation of CFPB chief Richard Cordray, it’s a good time to consider shutting down the agency altogether.

CFPB is often mischaracterized as a “consumer watchdog” in the mainstream media. Consumer attack dog is more like it.

Set up to protect consumers from predatory lenders and rogue banks, the CFPB has in fact led to less credit for financially troubled Americans, and is arguably not even legal. And no, that’s not just our opinion.

An October 2016 Supreme Court ruling found CFPB’s structure to be unconstitutional, a violation of the separation of powers in the nation’s supreme law. read more

Video Podcast – How to Pay for Infrastructure

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

Today I discuss the nation’s infrastructure that is apparently in need of a serious upgrade – at least according to the current administration.

The question is how we pay for the new massive public works program. Well, some have floated the idea of increasing the gas tax by seven cents a gallon.

I explain why this is a bad idea, as is the reasoning behind it and whether we even should. read more

Video Podcast – Tom Perez – Graduate of Harvard LIE School

by: Brent Smith at The Common Constitutionalist

I would first like apologize for some wind noise that interfered with the podcast. It is only sporadic, but it does happen out on location.

DNC Chairman Tom Perez, graduate of Harvard Law School, claimed that the Electoral College, which elects the President, is somehow not in the Constitution.

Perez is too smart and well schooled for this to be a misstatement. Therefore, he lied.

Today, I discuss his lie, why he lied, and why the Electoral process is so important. read more

Just Let the NLRB Run the NFL

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Recall that President Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners,” wondered the president, “when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b**** off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’”

I said that no owner would have the stones to stand up to political correctness like that. I thought they’d be too cowardly to do it, even though at least a few are probably thinking it.

Well, I was wrong and Trump was right. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones came out and said practically that. He said earlier this week if a player disrespects the flag and national anthem by not standing, then the player will not play.

And sure enough, fans loved it. Even I, a Jerry Jones hater, loved it. But the players and the Players Union were not quite as fond of the Cowboys owner’s exhortation.

“Local 100 of the United Labor Unions filed a complaint against the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, alleging owner and general manager Jerry Jones has violated the National Labor Relations Act by threatening players if they choose not to stand for the national anthem,” writes ESPN. read more

Podcast – Explaining Gun Control and the Second Amendment

by: the Common Constitutionalist

First, I apologize, but I had almost immediate technical difficulties, so the podcast, after the opening, is in audio only. Such is life.

In this podcast, I give conservatives and gun rights advocates a little additional ammunition (pardon the pun) to combat the left’s soundbite arguments for confiscating our guns (which is truly what they desire), as well as an explanation of both the amendment process of the Constitution and the Second Amendment itself.

It’s surprising how many on our side cannot effectively argue these points. I hope this helps. read more

CNN’s Guide to Free Speech

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On the home page of CNN.com is an article, entitled, “The First Amendment doesn’t guarantee you the rights you think it does.”

I thought – okay – its CNN posting something on the Constitution. This has got to be good. And by good, I mean really bad. Virtually the only time the left positively comments on the Constitution, they refer only to the First Amendment, for which they can bend and twist to suit their needs. It’s as if the rest of the Constitution and Bill of Rights does not exist.

The article begins by recounting the entire First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances

It’s short, to the point and easy to understand. Apparently it is not, for the author feels obliged to drag out First Amendment expert, Lata Nott, of the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, to explain.

At first blush I thought this a ridiculous notion, but then remembered just who, for the most part, is partaking of the wisdom of CNN – other leftists, who wouldn’t know a Constitution if you handed them one. read more