Ben Sasse’s Schoolhouse Rock

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

Something constructive actually happened during the first day of Senate hearings on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.

Senators from both sides of the aisle got a chance to speak. Most speeches were just bloviating nonsense. However one was most certainly not.

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse (R), actually took the time, not to preach, but to educate.

I’ve not been a huge fan of Sasse in the past, but I have new found respect for this politician who knows how are government was originally supposed to work and how it became the purposely dysfunctional mess we see today. And he was able to effectively communicate this for all to understand.

This is an absolute must-see for anyone who, A: doesn’t understand the function of the three branches of government – the Executive, the Legislative and the Judicial, and B: doesn’t fully grasp exactly how we ended up so far afield from the founder’s vision of federalism.

This video is one of the most productive uses of 11 minutes and 50 seconds I can think of, and I encourage you to consider having your children watch with you.

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Two Senators Have a Problem with Tillerson, but not Hillary Clinton or John Kerry

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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So far Donald Trump’s picks for various Cabinet positions have not gone swimmingly. Both Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have been grilled thus far.

Now, we would expect democrats to make a fuss, despite their inability to really affect the outcome of any of the confirmations. Heck, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, democrat hack and race hustler, even made history by attempting to dress down fellow Senator Sessions. But of course this was all a show for the TV cameras, as Booker is actually auditioning to be the next Obama, knowing that Obama gained national exposure for his keynote address at the 2004 Democrat National Convention. Obama was a nobody prior to that. After his performance, Booker is still a nobody.

What isn’t typical are two Republicans Senators openly stating that they are not only concerned with Tillerson and his ties with Russia, but can’t say whether they will vote for Trump’s Secretary of State selection.

On Wednesday, Rubio said he’s “prepared to what’s right,” regarding his confirmation vote. This sounds to me, at least for now, that “what’s right” is a no vote on Tillerson. read more