Video Podcast – Two sides to the Emergency Powers Act

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

For the first time, I recently and personally suffered a Constitutional Crisis. Then I looked a little deeper.

I actually agree with both parties. How can that be? I sound like a squishy moderate. It’s really quite fascinating and a bit convoluted.

What am I talking about?

Well, the Emergency Powers Act of course.

Mark Levin stands firm with the president. Mike Lee also stands with the President, yet voted against his emergency powers act for money for the border wall.

Thus is my crisis. Which one these trusted Constitutional scholars do I side with? read more

Congress Must Act Against Lower Courts They Created

from Conservative Review:

While everyone sleeps, the courts are abolishing all immigration enforcement

Congress could never get away with creating constitutional rights for illegal aliens to remain here, yet a single lower court just did so on Thursday. And where Congress would face deep reprisal in the next election, faceless judges will never feel the heat.

Conservatives fear that extreme Democrats might actually abolish ICE and all immigration enforcement, but the lower courts are already systematically abolishing ICE’s authority, nullifying immigration enforcement statutes, violating separation of powers, and constantly increasing the wave of bogus asylum-seekers that they originally spawned with other radical rulings. The latest ruling from the Ninth Circuit demonstrates that unless Republicans and the president begin pushing back against these radical judges and delegitimizing their rulings, Democrats will get everything they want without ever facing electoral backlash or even the need to win elections. read more

CAL COOLIDGE’S CRITICAL MESSAGE TO US

by Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

Calvin Coolidge

Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review encapsulated equality and our natural individual rights as Americans quite ingeniously – representing our rights by use of a bell curve metaphor.

Horowitz cited the great President Calvin Coolidge’s July 4, 1926, address honoring the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. I would invite and encourage everyone to make the time to read the transcript of Coolidge’s speech. It is brilliant, educational and enlightening.

Coolidge said: “About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern.” read more

Is This the Swan Song of the Electoral College?

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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For years, if not decades, the left has been attempting to rid the presidential election of the scourge of the Electoral College.

But despite their best efforts thus far, they’ve been unable to find a “loop hole” to exploit. It’s that darn Constitution’s fault. If we could just rewrite that, we’d be all set.

It’s just not fair, they say, that Hillary Clinton and Al Gore both won the popular vote, the vote of the people, the very underpinning of our democracy (which we are not), but were denied the presidency due to this arcane method of selection developed by a bunch of dead white racists some 250 years ago.

However, one progressive State may finally have found a long-dreamt-of solution? I guess time, and unfortunately the courts, will tell. I say unfortunately, because no matter how cut-and-dry a case may seem, the various brain-trusts in the courts could decide otherwise. Hello – ObamaCare. read more

Enough Crying Over a National Emergency

Please – enough crying over the use of the National Emergencies Act. As you read this, keep in mind that are are no fewer than 31 “National Emergencies” that have been declared by various presidents over the years that are STILL in effect today. Of course no one who is opposed to Trump’s declaration will ever divulge this information.

There are no two people on this planet whom I’m trust more regarding the Constitution and what is constitutional than Mark Levin and Senator Mike Lee. Both of these constitutional heavy-weights say that the president is acting constitutionally by declaring this national emergency. That’s all I need to know. And another little secret is that each must renewed every year.

from the Conservative Review:

The mainstream media has begun its ritual of hysteria in response to President Trump’s intention to declare a national emergency on the southern border to appropriate military funding to build the wall. A headline from NBC News declares Trump is “forcing a constitutional crisis.” Even some Republican senators are saying the president shouldn’t declare a national emergency.

In a Facebook noteLevinTV host Mark Levin tears that argument apart: read more

Sometimes Polls Have Little Relevance

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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“A Gallup Poll conducted last week [two weeks ago] showed Trump with negative ratings of 58 percent and positive ratings of 40 percent. These figures reflected similar findings in the Economist You Gov poll conducted at the same time, which had Trump down 54-44 percent. In contrast, YouGov had Pelosi down 52-48 percent and Schumer down 49-32 percent. Trump has higher disapproval, but Pelosi and Schumer have lower approval ratings — in part, I think because they are less well-known,” veteran polling analyst Jay O’Callaghan told Newsmax.

But so what? What’s the difference whose poll numbers are higher or lower?

Some might ask, “Doesn’t that equate to popularity which directly equates to reelection chances?”

The short answer is, as of right now, it makes no difference. read more

Video Podcast – Border Wall – Shutdown – Constitutional Crisis

by: Brent Smith at Common Constitutionalist

I have to admit that to a whole lot of people, Trump looks like he caved to Nancy Pelosi – because he did. The dems got what they wanted and Trump and we got nothing.

What did the dems get and what can Trump do now? And what will the democrats do to counter whatever he does.

This is all discussed. read more

WND Exclusive – Is the American Experiment About to Implode?

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

Although it is often overused by us 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, to thank them for their foresight. I’d like to 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. read more

Does the Constitution Mean Anything Anymore?

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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This story goes back about 7 months, but it’s still as relevant today as it was then, and will become more so as we get closer to the 2020 elections. It’s about a lawsuit that struck down a Kansas State voter I.D. law.

I recall reading about it but didn’t give it much more than a passing tisk-tisk at the time. But somehow it recently resurfaced. I thought it was something new so I read it judiciously. And that’s when it hit me. As I’m a States Right guy, I don’t know why it didn’t then, but it sure struck a chord this time around.

In June, 2018, Reuters reported that, “A federal judge struck down a Kansas law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote in a decision on Monday that could make voter registration easier in the state in the run-up to November mid-term elections. The ruling ended a two-year legal battle in which Democrats argued that such ID laws targeted voters who typically support their party, such as the young and minorities. Republican proponents of the law said it was necessary to ensure the integrity of elections.”

Yes, the Dems do have a point. What they appear to be saying is that the young and minorities are just too darn stupid and/or lazy to obtain the proper I.D. necessary to register. It sounds harsh, but how can we conclude anything else. According to the Democrat Party, their voters are just that stupid. It’s a wonder they can find their way out of bed in the morning, much less to the polls. read more

Another Plea for Mike Lee

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had another health scare recently. After surgery and treatment she has apparently been given a clean Image result for supreme courtbill of health.

But this latest scare has once again prompted many to speculate just when Ginsburg will decide to hang it up, or that her failing health might decide.

This will mean that Trump will get a third bite at the supreme Court apple.

Many thought that the Kavanaugh confirmation would flip the court from progressive to constitutionalist, but that may not end up being the case. This one however, could put the final nail in the coffin of leftist court activism.

But recent history is replete with Republican “wrong” choices for supreme Court, from David Souter to John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O’Connor and, of course, Mr. swing-vote, Anthony Kennedy. Chief Justice John Roberts has turned out be anything but a constitutionalist. Thanks to Roberts, we have ObamaCare. read more