Donald J “Smoot-Hawley” Trump – It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Here we are again – our government doing what they do best – picking winners and losers. President Trump has done a lot of good things for this nation thus far, but protectionist tariffs aren’t one of them.

The first protectionist tariff, the “Dallas” tariff, was enacted in 1816. It happened again in 1824, in 1828, the infamous “Tariff of Abominations,” in 1832 to fix the problem in 1828 (which it didn’t), and in 1842, the “Black” tariff.

All these were passed to benefit the Northern States at the expense of the South, and all were major contributing factors in the run-up to the Civil War. No, the Civil War was not just about slavery.

And then there was the infamous “Smoot-Hawley” tariff of 1930. It was named after its authors, Utah Senator Reed Smoot and Oregon Congressman Willis Hawley. The purpose was to support U.S. farmers who had been ravaged by the Dust Bowl.

By the time 1930 rolled around, practically every legislator had added protections to Smoot-Hawley for their states’ industries. The bill ended up with proposed tariffs on 20,000 individual imported goods. Does this sound eerily familiar to anyone? It’s why bills are thousands of pages long – to attempt to hide such things.

This time, instead of agriculture, our government has chosen the American Aluminum and Steel industries to be the temporary winners. Yay! read more

Video Podcast – Four Boxes of Liberty – School Shooting and Arming Teachers

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

I discuss the four boxes of liberty: Soap Box, Ballot Box, Jury Box and Ammo (Cartridge) Box, and why they are just as important as when first uttered by Frederick Douglass and Georgia Congressman Larry McDonald.

The latest legislative proposals after the aftermath of the Florida school shooting and why bad law and ineffective law is actually worse than no law at all.

Arming select teachers and school staff is still the best solution to deter school shootings, and that we never hear of all the schools that have been and are currently arming teachers. read more

Weapons Ban Didn’t Work Last Time

from IBD:

We Banned Assault Weapons Before … And It Didn’t Work

Maybe they are too young to know, or have faulty memories, but whatever the reason, all those pushing for a ban on “assault weapons” in the wake of the Florida school shooting ignore the fact that the last time the country imposed such a ban it failed to make a measurable difference.

  Gun control advocates were ecstatic when President Trump appeared to support a ban on “semi-automatic assault weapons.” The White House later issued a statement that he still opposes a ban.

Nevertheless, Democrats have already introduced two bills that would outlaw the sale of weapons like the AR-15, based mainly on various cosmetic features of the guns, and limit the size of magazines allowed. And the press has been playing up the issue with relentless fervor. read more

What to do With Our Unclaimed Dead

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Unclaimed cremated bodies

The opioid crisis just seems to be getting worse, with every passing year. Last year the epidemic cost the lives of over 64,000 people. It is now the number one cause of death for people under the age of 50.

We speak a lot of the drug crisis in America, and it’s always the same. How do we stem the tide of not only illegal drugs but almost prescription opioid abuse? We also speak of the toll it takes on the abusers and their families.

While this important to be sure, there is another toll taken. This toll is the burden of what to do with the thousands of unclaimed dead caused by drug overdose.

The initial burden falls on the Funeral Home. They are the ones responsible for handling, cremation and burial of the unclaimed dead, assuming cremation is even an option. In many States it is not. This is an ever-increasing burden as the drug crisis disproportionately affects the poor and homeless.

Bodies often show up at the Funeral Home with no identification and no next of kin to contact. The Daily Mail writes that, “In 15 states, the government sets aside money each year to cover the cost of cremating and burying the deceased who left no assets behind. Other states push the financial burden down to the local level.” read more


The Second Amendment Sanctuary City: a city where the mayor, council members and local law enforcement abide by the Constitution and follow the laws of the state and the nation. What a novelty.

At least they follow most of the laws. See, it’s also a city where the Second Amendment is interpreted as it was written and intended. Any and all weapons of personal self-defense are allowed in this city and the surrounding suburbs.

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Stunning: California Dems Reject Feinstein for Reelection

from Zero Hedge:

In Unexpected Snub, California Democrats Refuse To Endorse Feinstein For Reelection

In a stunning – if not altogether unexpected – blow to long-time California Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the California state Democratic Party opted not to endorse their own senior senator as she prepares to start campaigning to defend her seat in the 2018 midterms.

Delegates to the state party convention instead favored progressive state Senate leader Kevin de León, over Feinstein by a 54% to 37% margin, according to results, which were announced early Sunday. And while neither candidate reached the 60% threshold required to receive the party endorsement outright for 2018, de Leon’s camp claimed it as a profound victory. read more

Government Failure at All Levels Led to School Shooting

from Onan Coca at

School Shooting Plot Exposed: You Won’t Believe who Set it Up

For the last week or so, the entire nation has been talking about gun control — or at least the media has been talking about it.
The sudden tsunami of gun control stories, articles, op-eds, and segments is the result of the terrible mass shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in beautiful Parkland, Florida.

Sadly, the focus on gun control has caused the media (and the people who get their news from the media) to miss the far-larger scandal revolving around Douglas High School. read more

Podcast – Breaking Down the Florida School Shooting

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

The High School massacre in Florida could have been prevented, or at the very least drastically mitigated. Nickolas Cruz was well known as a deranged dirt bag to all at the school and the Broward County Sheriffs office. We know this, as it has been stated on a number of occasions and by countless people at the school.

Yet he was allowed to enter one of the buildings, kill 17 people and exit unharmed, easily avoiding the ONE armed police officer on the rather sizable campus.

So permit me the opportunity to break it all down and logically explain the reasons why we need to harden schools with real first responders. read more

Open Letter from a Former Teacher

Thank you to Fred for bringing this to my attention.

Dear School Administrators: Are your Schools Safer Today?

Having spent about eighteen years in school buildings as a student and twenty-nine years in school buildings as an unarmed teacher, fifteen of them post-Columbine, I think I have a right to voice an opinion on this matter. I’m pretty proficient with firearms, yet I faced each day of teaching knowing that I could easily be shot down right along with my students!

So, school administrators, board members, parents, and anybody else responsible for the kids in your community, is your school safer this week? If it is, great work. Thanks for getting at this important task. If not, WHY not! Are you not angry enough yet? I am angry, and I don’t blame students around the country for being angry. Why would they NOT be angry; they are at risk, and nobody seems interested in actually fixing the problem. And I can’t blame an immature sixteen-year-old for placing all the blame on guns; there are plenty of adults who can’t get past that false notion themselves.

I want to know – are you one of the many school administrators just sitting around this week philosophizing and pontificating over coffee about gun control fantasies and improvements needed in the mental healthcare system? Meanwhile, hundreds of unprotected, innocent young people are streaming into your buildings every morning. read more

Is This How Freedom Dies

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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What we witnessed the other night at the CNN Town Hall was the cancer of leftist authoritarianism, as it slowly begins to consume and kill off everything it contacts. And this is how freedom and liberty may die – to the accompaniment of thunderous applause of ignorant masses, being manipulated and pandered to by opportunists.

It was a dreadful sight. One of which we should all take heed, for this one event may become the springboard or catalyst for the outlawing of firearms, which of course is merely the first step in the loss of additional freedoms.

However, we can’t blame our youth, or even the families of the fallen and injured. They’re hurting and will understandably lash out and demand action. We get that. But the Constitution can’t defend itself against such an onslaught of raw human emotion. It takes people to come to its defense. It takes people who recognize that bad law is worse than none at all – that nothing in the Constitution can ever be compromised away, and are strong enough to suffer the slings and arrows of the emotionally distressed. read more