Barney Frank Doesn’t Care for the First Amendment Defense Act

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Former longtime Congressman from Massachusetts and liberal Lioness, Barney Fwank, returned to Capital Hill  on Tuesday to testify against passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA).

I won’t bore you with the minutia of the Bill or all the ridiculous and sadly necessary legalese of the FADA, H.R. 2802, but in a nutshell, the very first sentence says it all. “To prevent discriminatory treatment of any person on the basis of views held with respect to marriage.” Is it just me, or can that be the entire Bill? In fact it does say it all. There is no need for the minutia – the details of what type of discrimination may take place.

No person can be discriminated against, which also means no organization, because they are made up of…persons. But still Congress felt the need to fill the page(s) with examples of potential discriminatory actions and findings. After all, they must justify their existence as lawmakers.

Well, needless to say, the left isn’t happy with the prospect of not being able to wantonly attack anyone who chooses not to tow the LGBT line, so they brought out of moth balls a secret weapon – super genius and homosexual, Barney Frank. read more

Our Federal Government Is Discriminatory

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Federal Express (FedEx) was simply following federal law. But a surviving spouse disagrees.

A homosexual (lesbian) couple lived together for many years. One of them was employed by FedEx. She was with the company for 26 years where she accumulated a decent pension. The couple was together for about the same amount of time.

In 2010 the FedEx employee was diagnosed with cancer and in 2012 “ the cancer had grown so severe that she took a medical leave of absence from work. As one of her last acts on Earth, Lesly Taboada-Hall married Stacey Schuett in a California civil ceremony officiated by a county supervisor. Taboada-Hall died the next day.”

Problems arose when the survivor Schuett petitioned for her partners FedEx pension benefits. See, Taboada-Hall died six days before United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court decision that struck down DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by Hillary Clinton’s husband. read more

Podcast Shorts – Saudis Sign on to Support Iran Nuke Deal – How Many Trees Are There – The Persecution of Kim Davis

On the following episodes of the Common Constitutionalist Podcast Shorts, I discuss the sudden shift of the Saudis from Opposition to support of the Iran nuclear deal – Just how many trees are on the planet?  Are they all going away due to evils of man? Will there be any left? – And the jailing of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis. Is this justice or persecution? 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, , 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

Same-Sex Marriage vs. Illegal Immigration – A Challenge to the Left

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Regarding same-sex marriage, the Knoxville Sun Sentinel  wrote: “In a historic decision, a sharply divided US Supreme Court on Friday extended the right to marry gays and lesbians. The 5-4 decision immediately wiped out Tennessee’s constitutional definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman. All states now must license and recognize same-sex marriages. Gov. Bill Haslam and state Atty. Gen. Herbert Slatery, though expressing dismay at the outcome, pledge to abide by the decision.”

Many states have said something similar. “Once the Supreme Court has ruled, it’s order is the law of the land,’ Georgia Atty. Gen. Sam Olens wrote. As such, Georgia will follow the law and adhere to the ruling of the court.” And Arkansas Atty. Gen. Leslie Rutledge wrote that, “I am disappointed that the justices have chosen to ignore the role of the states to define marriage. The justices have issued a decision, and that decision must be followed.”

So it appears most of the remaining holdout states are falling in line. But one isn’t, and that one is Texas. “A judge-based edict that is not based in the law,” is how Texas Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton  described the Supreme Court ruling. read more

Podcast – ISIS and Iran Celebrate Ramadan – New Federal Rules for Colleges – Man Fired Over Facebook Post

In today’s episode Iran celebrates Ramadan by flogging it’s citizens and ISIS does them one better by flogging and crucifixion. Look out all male college students, for there are new federal laws governing sexual assault and harassment and you are the target, and a Florida man gets fired over a Facebook post mocking homosexual marriage. read more

Same-Sex Marriage Isn’t All That

by: the Common Constitutionalist

At this point, most of the arguments both for and against same-sex marriage have been set forth. Many of us conservatives hold to the view that government should not be involved in marriage in the first place – yet here we are.

I’ve also heard the same refrain from practically everyone on the right, me included at times. The defeatist attitude of “we can’t put the genie back in the bottle,” or “what can we do now – it’s over, now that the Supreme Court has ruled.” And the ever popular: “it’s now the law of the land.”

But evidently, that’s not how the left viewed it, for marriage between a man and woman has been the convention and the de facto “law of the land” literally forever. That didn’t stop them and shouldn’t stop us.

Although the mainstream media loves to say that polls show the American people favor same-sex marriage, I don’t buy that for a minute. I know how polls are so easily manipulated to achieve a desired result. If it was so popular, why did states refused to put it on so many ballots?

In fact 31 states voted in favor of a constitutional amendment or state referendum defining marriage between a man and a woman or, like Hawaii, at the very least, limited marriage to one each of the opposite sex, which is the same thing, I guess.

Virtually every state that put the question up for a vote of the actual voters, voted against same-sex marriage. So there is no great groundswell of support for it and never has been. read more

The Left Strikes Back with GoFundMe

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Well, the results are in, and it appears that the owners of Memories Pizza are more than all set financially.

For those who have been off planet, here’s a quick recap. A local TV reporter walks into a mom-and-pop pizza parlor and offers up a bogus hypothetical question – would this shop service a homosexual wedding? The question wasn’t whether or not they would simply serve homosexuals, which they would. They would sell anyone a pizza. No, the question was whether they would be involved with a homosexual wedding reception.

memories-pizza-gofundme-final-300x187This was a total set up. The owners of Memories Pizza merely voiced their First Amendment right of free exercise of their religion. But to the tiny minority of the homosexual fascist lobby, this wasn’t good enough. The pizza parlor owners received death threats and warnings – enough to force them into temporarily closing the restaurant.

Enter The Blaze’s Dana Loesch and her compatriot Lawrence Billy Jones III, who set up a GoFundMe account to help the small business which could ill afford to close. To the delight and satisfaction of those who advocate for true freedom, in two days the account swelled to over $842,000. Incredible and far greater than the original goal of $25,000.

Many thanks go out to Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity Mark Levin and everyone else for promoting the effort and especially to all who donated.

Well, the left didn’t take too kindly to this and once again underestimated the power of freedom loving conservatives. They were simply not prepared for the outpouring of support. read more

Podcast – Religious Freedom vs the Governator

On this exciting episode I discuss homosexual fascism, our promised religious freedom and the weak-kneed and uninformed response of squishy establishment republicans like former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. I replaced the weekly Rate the Candidate segment with a judgement of other republican reaction. That and the recipe for how to deal with the loony left. read more

Regarding Marriage – One State Has it Right

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Broaching the topic of same-sex marriage seems to render most on both the right and left apoplectic.

There’s of course the radical LGBT groups who won’t be satisfied until every church and religious institution (save for Islam) bows to their desires andmarriage is forced to bless the union of anyone and anything they feel fit to join in unholy matrimony.

There are the religious, steadfast in the belief that God only intended for marriage to between one man and one woman. No matter what the radical groups (or the courts) try to foist upon them, they will not back down, nor surrender their faith.

Then there are those, like me, in the middle who believe that one should be able to marry whomever you wish. If two women want to marry, go ahead – two guys, knock yourself out. I don’t care so long as you don’t infringe on my religious belief that it’s improper. Just as I don’t care if you marry, why should anyone care if I think it’s improper? read more