Finland Loves Speeders – They’re Good for Business

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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The next time you have to pay a few hundred dollars for a speeding ticket – thank your lucky stars you don’t live in Finland.

A few days ago my son and I were watching a rerun of an episode of The Grand Tour on Amazon. It is the continuation of the wildly successful British program, Top Gear. After one of the hosts got sacked by the BBC, Amazon offered the three hosts about a gazillion dollars (or pounds) to effectively continue the show.

The episode took place in Finland. Finland is unabashedly socialist and progressive. Possibly the most socialist of all European nations.

They are so progressive that they means test virtually everything. Finland is the embodiment of the Marxist ideal of, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”

One of the show’s hosts, Richard Hammond, discussed the matter of a simple speeding ticket received by a wealthy Finnish citizen. He was pulled over and ticketed for going 49 in a 30 mph zone.

In America, this might warrant one a ticket of maybe $50 to a few hundred dollars, depending on the State. But regardless of the State, at least for now, everyone ticketed pays the same amount. read more

Samantha Power – Eleventh Hour Unmasker

from the Free Beacon:

Former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power is believed to have made “hundreds” of unmasking requests to identify individuals named in classified intelligence community reports related to Trump and his presidential transition team, according to multiple sources who said the behavior is unprecedented for an official in her position.

Power was first identified by the Washington Free Beacon last month as a central figure in a congressional investigation into efforts by senior Obama administration officials to obtain classified intelligence information in what many allege was an effort to undermine President Donald Trump and his incoming national security team. read more

Obama Era Military Initiative Replete with Security Risks and Foreign Infiltration

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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One of the federal government’s only constitutionally mandated functions – the military – has paid the price of the Obama reign of terror. As the Trump administration attempts to repair the damage, rocks are still being overturned, only to discover further devastation and deterioration.

Did Obama do anything to actually advance this country? Did he or his minions do anything to improve the country – make it more prosperous, more secure, stronger, more respected, among nations? I really want to know.

Actually these are rhetorical questions. We who have paid attention – even scant attention, know full well that Obama didn’t set out to improve the nation, but rather tear it down and rebuild it in his own Marxist image.

Most of us (I hope) remember the speech Michelle Obama made where she exclaimed that, “Barack knows we’re gonna have to change our conversation – we’re gonna have to change our traditions, our history – we’re gonna have to move into a different place…”

More prescient and depressing words have rarely been spoken. And years after that prediction, we’re still paying the price. read more

WND Exclusive – It’s over! ‘Queen of bubbleheads’ just threw Obamacare curveball

Well, it seems that the question of whether to keep Obamacare has been decided for us. The fight appears to be nearly over. Clearly we, who wished a full repeal of the U-ACA (Un-Affordable Care Act) and a return of some semblance of private health care, have lost.

Oh, I know it was an uphill battle and the weasel Republicans were bound to do exactly what they did. We all knew that. No – I’m speaking of the final nail in the repeal coffin – that Kim Kardashian has tweeted in support of both Obamacare and Planned Parenthood. read more

Tillerson Should be Next to Go

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson next on the chopping block? Perhaps he should be.

Despite what you may think of Donald Trump, he’s still President of the United States and CEO of the Executive Branch. As such, all Cabinet secretaries serve at the behest and pleasure of the President.

This can be problem for some, particular those who have transitioned from the private sector, where they were the big cheese, and now must suddenly become a subordinate.

Recall the exchange at the White House after Ronald Reagan was shot, when Alexander Haig uttered his infamous statement – as of now, I’m in charge, comment.

“Constitutionally, gentlemen, you have the president, the vice president and the secretary of state, in that order, and should the president decide he wants to transfer the helm to the vice president, he will do so,” Haig explained to reporters in the White House press room, apparently forgetting that the House speaker and the Senate’s president pro tempore come before the secretary of state in the line of succession. And then, in a dozen words that would become famous, he said, “As of now, I am in control here, in the White House.”

Of course he wasn’t, but he was used to being in charge, so in my opinion, this was just a natural, although knee-jerk and ignorant reaction. He had been an important man for decades, as an Army General, then Chief of Staff to Nixon and Ford, and Secretary of State to Reagan. read more

Video Podcast – Republicans Heart ObamaCare – A Second Amendment Victory

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Out and about in the forest, I speak to you regarding an article in the Conservative Review about the turncoat Rep

ublicans and their desire to maintain the status quo and yes – ObamaCare.

Walking the rails like a hobo, I discuss a recent lower court ruling that once again slapped down Washington D.C.’s latest attempt at a gun ban – this time on concealed carry. read more

A Week of Turmoil for the Ages

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Well, this week is going to be tough to top – at least as far as political turmoil goes.

In no particular order – White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus is canned and replaced with current Homeland Security Chief, John Kelly. GOOD! We conservatives knew from the get-go that Priebus was a ridiculous choice for a president who said he wanted to drain the D.C. swamp. Swamp-rat Priebus came directly from the RNC and has been part of the “moderate” Republican establishment. He was/is an establishment hack and would be better suited as Mitch McConnell’s Chief of Staff.

I’m sure Priebus saw the writing on the wall, that he was not long for this world, when Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director. Priebus claims that he was aware of the situation and had actually resigned the evening before.

Don’t quote me, but I think Scaramooch, Scaramooch, can you do the fandango, was formerly a lieutenant in the New York Mafia. He sure looks and sounds the part.

Speaking of Scaramooch – what kind of Communications Director comports himself the way this guy does? I’ve said before that I no longer swear – haven’t for years. And you know what? I find I can still make a point just as forcefully.  read more

WND Exclusive – Does it matter what Reagan would do about Obamacare?

For the past few days I’ve seen many articles asking, “What would Reagan do about Obamacare?”

It seems the discussion’s genesis was an article written by Avik Roy for the National Review entitled, “How Would Ronald Reagan Have Replaced Obamacare?”

Although I loved President Reagan, my knee-jerk reaction was, “I don’t care.” Obamacare is unconstitutional, as would be any “replacement” plan. As much as I respected Ronald Reagan – heck, I joined the Navy in part due to Reagan being commander in chief – if he advocated for any federal involvement in the dispensation of private health insurance or health care, I know I should disagree. Of course, that’s easy for me to say – I’m not president. read more

Video Podcast – Trump is Beating Back EPA Regs – Nanny State Shuts Down Lemonade Stand

Trump’s EPA is rolling back regulations from the Obama radicals by shelving around 860 regulatory actions the last administration tried to sneak in, including the Clean Water Act.

The British Nanny State thugs shut down a 5 year old girls lemonade stand and fine her about $200. But it’s not just jolly ole England. It’s happening all over America. read more

A Living Constitution Provides No Stability

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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I’ve written a lot regarding the Constitution over the years – although not usually two days in row. Most times the topic boils down to a choice between the stability of originalism or the chaos of the co-called “living document.” This has been a great debate since the dawn of the progressive era.

In 2006 Elliott Mincberg, the vice president of the ultra lefty group “People for the American Way” said: “It was the framers intent that the Constitution would adapt to changing circumstances.” In other words, a living Constitution.

Most would be surprised that, in my opinion, the founders would agree with Mr. Mincberg – although I guarantee they would not agree with his method of change.

That same year Todd Gaziono of the Heritage Foundation said: “Original intent is the only legitimate means of interpretation under our written Constitution and all other philosophies are illegitimate.” Mr. Gaziono is also correct.

Okay, both can’t be correct. Obviously the “living Constitution” crowd is wrong because, as we all know, the left has no desire to amend the Constitution. They instead see fit to usurp the Constitution by means of laws, court precedents and presidential decrees.  read more