My WND Weekly Exclusive


There has been a great debate roiling in America for more than a century: whether or not the Constitution is carved in stone or a “living document.”

Conservatives wish to govern in accordance with the Constitution and the “original intent” of those who crafted the document. I would agree with this, as obviously would the founders.

In 2006 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, of course, correct.

That same year Elliott Mincberg, the then-vice president of the George Soros ultra lefty group People for the American Way said: “It was the framers’ intent that the Constitution adapt to changing circumstances.” In other words, it’s a living or malleable Constitution. This has been the progressive movement’s mantra from Woodrow Wilson to today. read more

America and Great Britain Are Government Birds of a Feather

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It doesn’t matter where in the world they reside – liberals and progressives in government think and act alike. They have the same philosophy and use the same tactics, regardless of which side of the pond they are on.

Two of the latest shining examples of sameness are the American and British governments’ treatment of unemployment and immigration.

Our government fudges unemployment numbers all the time by using various ways of classifying the unemployed (e.g., the U3 vs. U6). We know they don’t factor in the long term unemployed and underemployed thereby enabling them to claim that the unemployment rate is well under 6%. We know this to be a lie.

Well, I don’t know who learned from whom, but it turns out Great Britain, our kindred spirits from across the pond do the exact same thing. They too are claiming low employment by using the same tactics as we Yanks. read more

Could Be Worse…Could Be Scottish

by: the Common Constitutionalist

So you say you don’t think the “state” should be meddling in your family life. You don’t like Common Core. You resent your children’s doctors prying questions into your family life. Questions like, “Are you eating your vegetables little Johnny? Oh… and by the way… does your daddy own a gun?” No crap! They do ask that!

You don’t want your child’s school mandating what your kid can eat, or draw, or say.

Yeah, me either – but it could be worse. You could live in Scotland.

In 2016, the Orwellian government of Scotland will issue a “Shadow Parent” to every child from birth to 18 years of age.

No, I’m not making this up. The law is called “The Children and Young People Act”.

See, it’s not just American progressives the pass these wacky laws. Progressives are everywhere and they all think the same thing – that we serfs are too incompetent to raise our own children “properly”. read more

We Can’t Always Agree with Our Heroes

by: the Common Constitutionalist


Lately I’ve penned a few rather depressing articles. I’ve even had someone tell me that I’ve written of America’s demise because I want it to occur.


Well that couldn’t be further from the truth.


I told him, “Do you think I want to write or even think of this stuff? People must know what is happening to our country.”


Just think of where we would be without talk radio and the Internet. We would be virtually blind, metaphorically.


It gives me no pleasure to report on the destruction of our country and the people who are causing it.


But as Glenn Beck says; “the truth lives here”, so no matter how painful, we must dispense the truth, or at least as we perceive it.


So it pains me to do this – to write about this individual in anyway but hero worship, for he is a truly brilliant conservative -one of the greatest minds of our time.


But even Dr. Thomas Sowell is not above criticism, albeit, this is a first for me. I’m hoping it will be the last.


I hate this, but right is right and I think Dr. Sowell is wrong. Boy that hurt! I’m glad this isn’t paper for it would be wet from my tears.


Recently Dr. Sowell wrote a couple of articles basically singling out Ted Cruz for not attempting to “unify” the Republican Party before the 2014 elections. read more

Hyper Educated Conservatives

by: the Common Constitutionalist


Have you noticed we conservatives complain a lot? It’s not as if we aren’t justified. Just look around at the country, the world. Progressivism, statism running rampant, affecting every facet of our lives. We do have plenty to complain about.


We see “The American Way” being eroded to the point where it is unrecognizable, although when you think about it, have any of us really seen or experienced the “American Way”? Not really – not even close. At least, not as the founders had envisioned.


Yet here we are. We get together virtually every day to lament a lost vision and discuss our disappointments. We don’t merely disseminate information; we air our disappointment in someone or something.


People like John McCain and Lindsey Graham consistently frustrate us, although I’m not sure why anymore. It would be more of a shock if either ever uttered anything conservative.


No, I’m talking about those we thought conservative but turned out to have fooled us completely or come out supporting something we firmly oppose. Those who give us pause and we say, “Gee, I really thought he was a conservative”, or at least conservative enough to support. read more

The United States – Caliphate Enabler

by: the Common Constitutionalist


“We have to do something!” regarding Syria. That’s the clarion call of both the right and left. It’s actually the call of the progressives for I hear few if any constitutional conservatives calling for action.


It’s like saying we have to do something to put out a wildfire and then throwing gasoline on it. That’s doing something, is it not?


Yet virtually every politician and pundit I see or hear insists we have to help. We can’t just stand by and do nothing. Assad has clearly crossed the “red line” with chemical weapon attacks and must be dealt with.


However, I personally have seen or heard no evidence that Assad is the one ordering the chemical attacks. Everyone is just assuming it must be his regime. It most likely is but if the Al Qaeda “rebels” had them, they would surely use them and blame Assad knowing the West would fall right in line. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit to find that Al Qaeda were the ones firing on the UN inspectors.


As an aside: I wonder where Assad got his WMDs? If you recall, during the run-up to the Iraq war, there were reports of Russian convoys leaving Iraq headed for Syria/Lebanon. Reports were that the trucks were loaded with WMDs and were eventually hidden in the Bakaa Valley, Lebanon that borders Syria. Could these be the weapons that Assad used? Just something to ponder.


Meanwhile, many in our government and the media are beating the drums of war – or at least a hefty American response, for progressives believe we are indeed the world’s police force.


Just as they think we can continue to spend money we don’t have domestically, they give no thought to involving us in every international conflict.


The American people aren’t as keen to involve the U.S. as say John McCain or Lindsey Graham. According to a Reuters poll, 60% of Americans polled want nothing to do with the attack on Syria, or any involvement whatsoever. 9% were in favor. I’m no fan of Reuters but I tend to believe this.


One poll respondent, a former military officer said: “the United States has become too much of the world’s policemen and we have become involved in too many places that should be a United Nations realm, not ours.”


Monday afternoon Sean Hannity weighed in on the subject. He said it would be like sitting back and watching thugs mug an old lady. He asked, “Would you just do nothing?”


I gotta tell ya. Hannity has all but lost me. It’s bad enough that he gives the likes of Karl Rove a platform on his show, but equating a mugging to this is a specious argument. One has nothing to do with the other.


When we get involved in these conflicts it inevitably ends up worse. Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Libya and now Syria. They are all now or will be worse off than before we “did something”.


Is this what Ben Franklin meant when he stated: “Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later.” Or John Adams prescient statement of the arrogance of power: “Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.”


Will we ever learn through conflict after conflict to just butt out?


I feel for the innocents in all the Middle East. Their lives revolve around one tragedy after another. But we as a nation must adhere to the Constitution. That document is, as were the founders, very specific about matters of war.


George Washington adamantly stated: “The Constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.”


If something is to be done, let Congress deliberate and authorize it, not President Cruise Missile.


As evil a human being as Assad is, just like Egypt and Libya, if he falls things will be much worse.


After that – watch for Iraq and Lebanon – they’re next.


Caliphate anyone?

Common Core – The Obamacare of Education

 by: the Common Constitutionalist

Common Core – it sends shivers down the spines of freedom loving individuals. It is the Obamacare of education with its national standards and testing and its one-size-fits-all government model.

While the implementation of the Common Core curriculum is new, the passion for and the idea of national education has been burning in the hearts of progressives for more than a century.

Many people blame George W. Bush for Common Core. After all Common Core is just the natural extension of Bush’s “No Child Left behind”, resulting in the progression to Obama’s “Race to the Top”.

“Race to the Top” was simply a bribe offered to cash poor states during the recession to entice them into accepting the Common Core curriculum. Just imagine the federal government saying to the states: “You may have this pile of money to help your state through these tough times.” “Great”, reply the states. “What do we have to do?” “Oh, not much”, say the feds. “Just accept these national education standards and teach exactly what we dictate with no possibility of change or adjustment to the curriculum. That’s all.” “Oh, is that all? We’ll take the cash and worry about the ramifications later”, say the states.

As I stated, Common Core is just the natural progression of an ever-intrusive federal government that has been advancing the idea of a national school system devoid of local control.

Each progressive administration, dating as far back as reconstruction, has moved the ball forward. Whether a little or a lot, the ball moved forward.

Before Bush’s “No Child Left behind” there was Bill Clinton, who in 1994 secured passage of the “Improving American Schools Act” and the “Goals 2000 Educate America Act”. Notice all the lovely flowery names for these laws? They picked these names so that no politician can vote against them. It’s quite dishonest.

Prior to Clinton there was kinder, gentler George HW Bush and his Charlottesville Education Summit in 1989. What came out of the summit were eight, typically liberal, pie-in-the-sky, feel-good, unachievable talking points dressed up as goals. Among these were gems such as “All children will start school ready to learn”, “Every adult American will be literate” and “the high school graduation rate will be at least 90%”. I won’t even waste my time commenting for I’m sure you’ve drawn the same conclusion. Absurd!

As one would expect of Ronald Reagan, although he supported education, he felt it better left to the states. But even in the Reagan Administration the “Improving America’s Schools Act” was passed in 1983.

Jimmy Carter, being the leftist he was and still is, did not feel the same about local control. We all know to thank Yimmy for his signature on October 17, 1979; the creation of the Department of Education. Ugh!

Before Carter there was Nixon. His 1970 “Special Message to Congress on Education Reform” simply threw money at the supposed problem. He did however discover a new human right. It was the right to read. Madison must’ve forgotten that amendment when crafting the Constitution.

Then there was Lyndon Johnson  – modern-day father of the ruination of the United States. Johnson’s “Great Society” debacle was an umbrella vision. Under that large umbrella were handouts for job training programs, housing programs, healthcare, poverty programs and of course education. Everything the federal government shouldn’t be involved in.

He chose to sell his idea of “Education Reform” as part of his “War on Poverty” because “poor kids can learn too”. This cause gave rise to ESEA, Johnson’s “Elementary and Secondary Education Act”. He claimed it was to break the “cycle of poverty” and as is always the case, throwing money at the education problem via a government “investment” will solve things.

In a conversation with VP Hubert Humphrey, Johnson told Humphrey: “Don’t ever argue with me. I’ll go a hundred million or 1 billion on health or education. I don’t argue about that anymore than I argue about [First Lady] Lady Bird buying flour. I’ll spend the God damned money. I may cut back on some tanks.”

As we’ve experienced over these many decades, massive federal government spending solves every problem and that was a lot of money then.

I originally intended to take this all the way back to Woodrow Wilson but frankly it’s depressing to think what has happened just since the 1960s and I think you get the point. Common Core is not the beginning but it may be the end of proper education in this country if it is not stopped.

The Greater Depression

**Note** What have we always said, A Big Government Progressive is a Big Government Progressive. Sides of the aisle do not matter.


You can’t say we haven’t been warned. Despite the high debt price tag  resulting from the government intervention and arbitrary price controls designed  to “spur the economy” during the American Great Depression, modern politicians  on both sides of the aisle are more than willing to repeat the same mistakes.  Interestingly, just as Herbert Hoover is blamed by leftist historians (but I  repeat myself) for leading us into the Depression with his so-called free-market  policies, so is George W. Bush blamed for his “capitalistic” tendencies. This is  nonsense of course, both Hoover and Bush implemented interventionist economic  policies that were exactly the antithesis of free-market capitalism. And both  were succeeded by men who took their economic strategies (i.e. political  compromises) and opened them up to full-throttle. What Hoover and Bush began,  FDR and Obama have respectively finished.

In his book, America’s Great Depression, Murray Rothbard sets the  record on Hoover in proper perspective:

Hoover’s role as founder of a revolutionary program of government planning to  combat depression has been unjustly neglected by historians. Franklin D.  Roosevelt, in large part, merely elaborated the policies laid down by his  predecessor. To scoff at Hoover’s tragic failure to cure the depression as a  typical example of laissez-faire [meaning “allow to act,” or  free-enterprise] is drastically to misread the historical record. The Hoover  rout must be set down as a failure of government planning and not of the free  market.

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Buy-Back Mania

by: the Common Constitutionalist

There’ve been many weapons buy-back programs throughout the country recently. Local police and sheriffs departments, towns and cities have all offered monetary compensation for those turning in a gun or ammunition magazine. The object of these programs is to attempt to get weapons off the streets. That sounds reasonable. After all, less guns mean less gun Chicagoviolence, does it not?

Just ask those living in the city of Chicago, where because of some of the strictest gun control laws anywhere in the US, it is virtually impossible to own such a weapon. I’m sure they all feel quite safe because of those restrictions. Oh that’s right! One of the inconvenient truths about gun control is that it doesn’t work. Chicago is the poster child for strict control. At the same time it just happens to have the distinction of being the murder capital of America. Rather a strange coincidence I’d say.

Now it seems a pastor in St. Louis is taking the gun buy-back program to a new level. Pastor Rodney Francis of the Washington Tabernacle Baptist Church has planned a buy-back program of htoy gunis own. It is not for weapons however. It’s for toys.

Pastor Francis will not allow allow weapons, violent video games or gory movies in his home. Bully for him. The pastor is a private citizen and is welcome to set those rules for he and his family.

He is now proposing that parents trade their children’s toy guns and other toy weapons for more wholesome toys. The pastor explained that, “We want to engage the culture of violence and one of the strategies that we thought we might be able to use is to educate parents about the dangers of allowing kids to continue this access to toy guns and playing with toy guns. They’re going to get exposed to it but we can protect them early on so they don’t get a distorted view of what those can do to the human body.”

Although I admire Pastor Francis for living his beliefs, I think those beliefs are misguided.

Now I don’t know the pastor from Adam, but I do recognize the behavior. Pastor Francis is either a progressive or has bought into the myth that the degradation of society is due to inanimate objects.

It seems he like an ever-increasing percentage of this country believe, if you just take away the weapons, all will be right in America. That is exactly what those who seek to rule us are gun-buybackcounting on. I hate to quote Karl Marx, but this is what he would call a useful idiot.

Throughout history despotic regimes have known they must first completely disarm their citizenry. However, another effective way of controlling a nations citizens is through education. Get to the children early with programs such as head start, public (government run) kindergarten and now pre-kindergarten. Pressure the parents into thinking they must send little Johnny and little Janey to a government training facility at age 3 or 4 to have any chance of success later in life.

Once in the training facility the eager tots are taught how to correctly think and conduct themselves. They’re also taught life lessons such as, the earth is warming and that it is your parents fault, and that all guns are bad and scary.

The Hitler youth, thinking that the teacher knows best, absorb the propaganda like sponges. The parents trust little Johnny and Janey are being well care for and thus give little thought to the misinformation their children are being fed.hitler-youth

This has been happening now for a generation or more. The progressives, long ago, figured out that this is the most effective way to change society.

So now we have children who have probably never seen a gun in person, much less held or shot one, scared to death of them.

Parents and even grandparents, children of the 60s, think the same way. But now, having been raised in a state of fear, the same Chicken Littles are running the country.

Hopefully, enoughgolden-rule people in our nation will figure out that it is not the guns, the video games or the movies and music that are the problem. The real problem is the simple lack of love and respect for our fellow man, as it were.

It is the worship of the state and an unpinning from God and the 10 Commandments. I’m not saying everyone has to be a religious zealot; I’m not. Heck, if citizens just live their lives by the Golden rule, we could cure a lot of ills. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. It’s short and virtually anyone can understand its meaning. Even an atheist could follow it.

This has been our problem for decades. We have to stop giving in to progressives and Marxists that think they can engineer the perfect society just by mandating it. We must also fight against so-called conservatives that believe compromise is a good thing. It’s too late for compromise.

The pastor has every right to do what he is proposing, however misguided I think he is. He is, as I said, a private citizen and should be able to do what he wishes provided he doesn’t try to make it public policy.

To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson; If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket, it matters not to me. You may do what you wish.

Sequestration and the End of the World, Continued

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The White House, the Democrats and their stenographers, the media, have really ramped up the hysteria and hyperbole regarding the March 1 sequester deadline. As for the deadline, to hear these folks whine about it, especially our president, you’d think it really was a dead-line.

sob storyI swear I’ve heard the president say, from one speech to another, that virtually every public sector employee will lose his or her job. It appears this is shaping up to be the mother of all crises. And need I remind you what they say about a good crisis. This is how wedded the government is to our tax dollars.

Now keep in mind that the following list of tragedies that is sure to befall us is only a fraction of the Armageddon this administration is predicting. All this for a lousy 2% cut spending. That’s the equivalent of a person making $50,000 per year giving up one Starbucks coffee a day.

Air travel will be disrupted due to an estimated 47,000 FAA workers being laid off. The TSA will have to let employees go. Of course that will not only cause delays but also security problems. Terrorists, realizing our sudden vulnerability will rush to the nearest airport to wreak havoc knowing the TSA is not on the job. Terrorists such as little four-year-old wheelchair-bound girls and ninety-year old grandma’s may now slip through undetected. The horror!

Hurricanes and other severe weather events will no longer be predicted due to deep cuts at NOAA. Deputy commerce secretary Rebecca M Blank states, “The government runs the risk of significantly increased forecast errors and the government’s ability to warn Americans across the country about high-impact weather events, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, will be compromised.”

Layoffs of over 36,000 at the Bureau of prisons will lead to a dangerous situation of inmate violence according to Eric slip

Uh Oh! Gun violence alert! FBI director Robert Mueller warned the Congress and Senate that gun background checks would be impeded, increasing the likelihood of convicted felons ending up with weapons. Because that’s how felons always get their weapons. They don’t steal them; they attempt to purchase them legally.

Now if I were this administration, what other hot button issues could I scare the general public with? Well, we all eat. How about a nationwide shutdown of meat and poultry plants. This is what agriculture secretary Vilsack is warning of. That will certainly scare the public.

What else? Illegal immigration is a concern of the right. Immigration courts, judges and interpreters will be affected leading to a flood of aliens entering our country illegally. The question is, how will we tell?

Is that it? Is that not esequester-cartoon-bensonnough to tip the scale for you? Well, there’s more. There’s always more.

HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius claims over 370,000 mentally ill and emotionally disturbed patients will lose vital services. 125,000 additional homeless people will be left wandering the streets. 600,000 women and children will be thrown off WIC. 424,000 AIDS patients will be denied medication and housing assistance. Over 800,000 American Indians will be denied hospital care. No Headstart for 70,000 kids and no child care for another 30,000.

I could go on and on. Just realize that a paltry 2% cut and spend during will result in the total meltdown of our society, evidently.

Now the $64,000 question is, do you believe it? Do you believe the government when they describe such wanton destruction from such a small cut? Well that’s what they are banking on. That’s what progressives do. That’s all they have as motivation; fear. They bank on the ignorant public’s fear of the unknown.

But every once in a while the media will slip up and practice a random act of journalism. It doesn’t happen often but it does prove that these folks (reporters) can do their job; they just choose not to.

ABC news reporter, John Karl, was discussing the looming sequester with host George Snuffleupagus, when he let something slip. They were discussing homeland security cuts when Karl stated, “Yet, despite all the dire warnings and inability to reach an agreement, the spending cuts represent only a fraction of total federal spending. In fact, even with the cuts, the federal government will spend about $15 billion more this year than it spent last year.”spending

What? Did I hear that right? You mean to tell me that these dire warnings of world ending sequestration-spending cuts will result in a budget increase this year? Why is this the first time we are hearing of this? Well, it isn’t. I wrote about this just a few days ago. Remember; it’s called Baseline Budgeting.

So you see, once again, this hand wringing and teeth gnashing is all about nothing. Let me correct that. It’s definitely about something. The left has a lot to lose if the bogus spending cuts are allowed to happen.

The progressives cannot afford for the ignorant to discover they’ve been lied to. If the sequester “cuts” are allowed and the world doesn’t end, the public may just realize that budget cuts aren’t as tragic as they have been portrayed. This is why we see the full-court press.

After all the warnings of doom and gloom, the left knows these cuts won’t even be noticed by the majority of voters and they can’t allow their lie to be exposed. When the public realizes these cuts have little to no effect on their lives, they may actually demand more and the progressives can’t have that.

That’s what this whole production is all about. It’s as simple as that.