The Satanic Temple Is a Fraud

by: the Common Constitutionalist

A group from Salem Massachusetts is fighting for the right to institute their own version of an afterschool program to elementary schools across the nation. The Satanic Temple’s cofounder Doug Mesner, who goes by the name Lucien Greaves, is attempting to introduce “Satan After School” (SAS) to “counterbalance Christian afterschool programs.”

And not just any Christian afterschool program. They are targeting schools which have allowed the Christian “Good News Club” in.

The Washington Post writes  that what brought on the desire of the Satanic Temple to start an afterschool program was a 2001 supreme Court ruling. The ruling allowed for the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) to be included in afterschool programs as a matter of free speech rights.

As if we needed the supremes to tell us that. The Post says that the “CEF then went on a tear, and by 2011, it reported 3,560 Good News Clubs, putting them in more than 5% of the nation’s public elementary schools.” read more

See All You Haters – Trump is Conservative

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Donald Trump has released his list of choices for U.S. supreme Court should he be elected. Or has he?

Trump’s press release from his campaign website reads: “May 18, 2016 – Today Donald J. Trump released the much-anticipated list of people he would consider as potential replacements for Justice Scalia at the United States Supreme Court. This list was compiled, first and foremost, based on constitutional principles, with input from highly respected conservatives and Republican Party leadership.”

If one were to read this press release, one would assume, if Trump is elected, he will nominate one of these 11 to replace Justice Scalia. This is the implication as it is written.

If you just happened to instead be listening to conservative Trump Talk Radio, save for Glenn Beck and Mark Levin, it would be the only conclusion you could come to. This is the list, which was crafted by The Donald and we can all rest easy now that he has released such a list of constitutional jurists. This proves he is serious about restoring constitutional principles back to the high court. So there – all you haters! read more

Podcast – Democrat Hypocrites Ramp Up Pressure for Supreme Court Vote – White Sox Pitcher Walks Away From Game

Despicable “Dirty” Harry Reid and the democrats are putting pressure on the Republicans to bring Obama’s choice for supreme Court to capital hill for Senate hearings and a vote, despite Mitch McConnell’s vow to refuse hearings. These hypocrites are using the exact opposite argument they used for George W. Bush’s late term nominees.

Adam LaRoche, the now famous Chicago White Sox pitcher is walking away from the game to spend more time with his son. The Sox objected to amount of time the boy already spends with the team. He chose to give up a multi-million dollar contract for his son. Who you do the same? I share my thoughts. read more

Liberal Senate Republicans Go Spineless Over Supreme Court Hearings

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Well, that didn’t take very long, did it. Just days after Justice Scalia’s untimely death and an even shorter period of time since Republican leadership declared its intention not to consent to an Obama nominee; moderates within the Republican Party are going wobbly. I guess that is not entirely accurate. The ones going wobbly were already.

The Huffington Post is happily reporting that, “Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), one of the most at-risk GOP incumbents this cycle, has broken with his party and said he’s open to considering a Supreme Court nominee put forth by President Barack Obama.” Of course they didn’t come out and say they were happy – I am just pointing out what should be obvious.

Kirk wrote in an op-ed in the Chicago Sun Times that the president has every right to nominate a replacement for the vacated seat. Fair enough. He added that, “I also recognize my duty as a senator to either vote in support or opposition to that nominee following a fair and thorough hearing along with a complete and transparent release of all requested information.” Kirk said that the Senate’s role in the process is as important as the President’s, which is also correct.

And he’s not alone in breaking ranks with the supposed hard-line stance of Republican leadership. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Dan Coats of Indiana and of course Susan Collins of Maine (really a democrat) and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, all came out to parrot Kirk’s stance. read more

Appoint a Justice – Don’t Appoint One – What’s the Hurry?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The upcoming presidential election is being hailed as the most important in our lifetimes – possibly in the history of this nation.

We always hear this type of thing every election cycle. This time however, the claim is absolute due to the recent passing of Justice Scalia and the subsequent tipping point in the balance of power of the supreme Court.

So I agree with those who claim that we will lose our country – we lose our Constitutional rights and liberties should just one more liberal justice be appointed. For this reason, it is imperative that the Senate leadership not even allow hearings, much less a vote on whomever Obama nominates.

The Senate leadership must understand that literally anything can happen should they allow an Obama nominee to come to a vote. There are simply too many spineless Republican Senators to take that chance. Short of an Article V Conventions of States, there would be no correcting the wrong outcome.

Many have pointed to the history of lame-duck appointments, giving deference to the next Executive – that it hasn’t been done in many decades. But historical precedent aside, Obama has every right under the Constitution to nominate someone, anyone to the court. The interesting thing is that if one reads Article II, Section 2, clause 2, the founders clearly did not make a fuss over the process. It was not some Earth-shattering event, but merely included in the several duties of the President. read more

Podcast – Supreme Courts Freezes EPA Clean Power Plan – Free Form Politics

In this week’s episode I discuss another razor-thin, 5-4 Supreme Court decision to freeze Obama’s Clean Power Plan while they decide if it is legal to ruin what’s left of the coal industry and further reduce greenhouse gasses.

In the Free Form Politics segment I go noteless and just speak extemporaneously about the candidates, who’s courting whom, who’s dissing whom, and why the supporters of one candidate are different from the rest. read more

With The Supreme Court in the Balance – This Election is No Joke

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It’s on to South Carolina. Yes, the presidential primary, which has been dragging on since the day after Obama was elected to his second term, is finally in full swing. All the candidates are jockeying for position – all the nonsense we’ve had to endure is finally coming into view.

And now with the recent exit of two more on the Republican side, Christie and Fiorina, we are down to a much more reasonable six candidates. Its actually only five – Carson is out – he just hasn’t announced it yet. Oh, I almost forgot Jim Gilmore. He may a force going forward. After all, he did garner 125 votes in the New Hampshire primary, although that was about half the 240 votes that Vermin Supreme received on the democrat side. But what democrat wouldn’t vote for a guy who looks like a Viking and wears a boot on his head. Sounds like a mainstream democrat, or a college professor.

On the democrat side the race has and will continue to be focused on who can give away more of our money to those who have not earned it or are otherwise undeserving. On the right, the issues are a bit more diverse, or at least more defined.

Our candidates quibble over their varying views on Obamacare, immigration, taxes and spending. Yet something has gone virtually unmentioned throughout this campaign. We haven’t heard it out on the stump (much) and the debates appear bereft of questions from the moderators. I am speaking of the black-robed 800 lb. Gorillas in the room – the Supreme Court. read more

Podcast – Justice Scalia is a Racist – Democrats Support Refugee Resettlement – A Ramadan Christmas

In this episode I discuss Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s disagreement to affirmative action as a method of college admission. He argues that is it actually detrimental to black students – which makes him a racist.

Democrats support refugee resettlement from a fictional Middle Eastern city. What a bunch of rubes!

Yes, it’s a Ramadan Christmas, at least it was for those at Blaine High School in Minnesota, where a choir teacher made the children perform a song about Ramadan at the Christmas concert. read more

Podcast – The House Freedom Caucus Holds America Hostage – Ben Carsons Holocaust Remarks – Hitler Hits the Streets in Germany

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In this episode, Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) defends the 40 member evil right-wing House Freedom Caucus that, according to left, is holding the nation hostage with their extremist views and refusal to “compromise.” Ben Carson defends his position on the Holocaust – how armed Jews may have possibly diminished Hitler’s grand plan of extermination, and Adolf Hitler is back and wandering the streets of Germany, much to delight of some. read more

Ted Cruz – The 21st Century Thomas Jefferson

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I think it was the late Sen. Arlen Specter who said, I didn’t leave the Republican Party – the Republican Party left me. Well, Arlen was wrong – he abandoned his principles and left the Republican Party. And that’s saying something, considering the state of the Republican Party.

Anyway, after Ted Cruz proposed retention elections for the Supreme Court, some big-time lawyers have come out against him, effectively saying that Cruz has gone off the reservation. To this I say, Ted Cruz didn’t leave the Supreme Court – the Supreme Court left him – and all of us.

That well-known right-wing journal, Salon.com , writes that, “Conservative attorney and prominent gay rights activist Ted Olson took a swipe at Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, saying the freshman senator had abandoned a fundamental understanding of the Constitution suggested a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality.”

First: How can anyone be a “conservative attorney” and a “gay rights activist” at the same time? Second: how is proposing an amendment “abandoning a fundamental understanding of the Constitution?” Isn’t that what the amendment process is for? Is that not supposed to be one of only two ways to modify the Constitution?

Meanwhile, the Washington Post weighed in saying that Cruz should know better, being that, “Sen. Ted Cruz spent his years at Harvard Law school working to secure a Supreme Court clerkship and then made his name as a lawyer by arguing in front of the body nine times.”

They go on to accuse Cruz of suggesting such a thing is just a way of “seeking support from the right wing of his party.” Well that’s funny, because Ted Cruz is the right wing of the party! read more