About the Common Constitutionalist

Brent, aka The Common Constitutionalist, is a Constitutional Conservative, and advocates for first principles, founders original intent and enemy of progressives. He is former Navy, Martial Arts expert. As well as publisher of the Common Constitutionalist blog, he also is a contributing writer for Political Outcast, Godfather Politics, Minute Men News (Liberty Alliance), Freedom Outpost, the Daily Caller, Vision To America and Free Republic. He also writes an exclusive weekly column for World Net Daily (WND).

The Big 6 are limiting Free Speech

by: Brent Smith

Technology has proven to be a very worrisome double edged sword. On one hand, it has never been easier to disseminate your views and opinion.

You can self-publish an entire book for next to nothing, start your own news, opinion or entertainment website. You are able to “go live” on the internet whenever the spirit moves you.

But on the other hand, if your news, opinion or entertainment is somehow displeasing to the corporation providing you the platform, the corporation, not the government, is who you have to fear from them shutting you down.

It is a strange time we live in that we have to fear both the power of the government and so-called private industry. But which is to be feared most?

from the Federalist:

Is Big Business Now A Greater Threat To Free Speech Than Government?

As I wrote in a preceding essay, the First Amendment was written to limit the government’s power. In the 18th century, only the state was conceived as possibly wielding the power to keep free people from speaking their minds. Thus, if maintaining a free people requires free speech, it followed that the government must be kept from controlling speech. For a long time, no more was necessary, but that would change.

As the United States grew in population and prosperity, there was very little agitation against business. There did not need to be. Most businesses were small affairs, owned by one man or one family, employing a handful of workers. Relations between labor and management were dealt with between individuals.

In 1854, Abraham Lincoln summarized this small-scale economy, speaking of a system in which a man “may look forward and hope to be a hired laborer this year and the next, work for himself afterward, and finally to hire men to work for him! That is the true system.”

Yet as corporations grew in size and power, that “true system” changed. Instead of one apprentice negotiating with an owner, a company that employed thousands would tell workers what they would get: take it or leave it.

In response, workers began to join together in trade unions, leveling the playing field, although diminishing their own independence. The balance between workers and management was restored, but the growing power of corporations still overpowered that of individual consumers.

Antitrust and utility laws were the response, but none of this much affected the realm of free speech. There was no news monopoly — newspapers were more plentiful than today — and restrictions on the new technology of radio came from the government, not the station owners. The biggest threat to the practice of free speech remained the state.

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Does the Mars Helicopter need a Designator and Call Sign?

Artist's rendering of Ingenuity and the Perseverance rover
Artist’s rendering of Ingenuity and the Perseverance rover
NASA/Caltech

NASA’s Ingenuity is no longer just the world’s most expensive hobby helicopter. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has given an official flight designator and call-sign codes for the robotic rotorcraft and the Wright Brothers Field in Jezero Crater on the Red Planet.

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WND Exclusive – Will natural COVID immunity be reflected on the ‘vaccine passport’?

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

The COVID-19 vaccination is front and center on most American’s minds as they decide whether or not to get it.

But it’s not just the vaccine itself. It’s not even whether the various vaccines are safe – and they appear to be for the vast majority of the population.

Still, many would opt out and not get the vaccine, given the choice. read more

Video Podcast – Officer Nicholas Reardon is a Hero

by: Brent Smith

There have been so many half-truths and outright lies swirling around the justified shooting of 16 year old Ma’Khia Bryant by officer Nicholas Reardon.

And virtually every claim of the incident by the left has been proved to either just be wrong, misinformed or malicious lies, purposely put forth to advance an agenda, with little to no regard for human life.

I discuss what happened, and thankfully for the would-be victim, how it was a textbook reaction by the police officer. read more

If the Left Disagrees – It must be Racism

When I post other writers articles, my normal want is to preface the article with commentary or thoughts to compliment or stress a particular portion of the article. Maybe it’s something I see that I believe some may miss, or may require further explanation.

However, the following Newsweek piece by Matthew RJ Brodsky, former Trump administration adviser, needs no such preface. It’s just that spot-on!

Enjoy the article:

from Newsweek:

When Everything is Racist There’s No Room for Reason

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Long Range Electric Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan
Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan
Mercedes-EQ/Daimler

Fast-building its EQ family, Mercedes-Benz brings all-electric power to the flagship of the brand: the S-Class. After months of teasing, it has finally given the all-new EQS a proper world premiere. The electric sedan explores the highest echelons of the electric market with a range that pushes 500 miles, a sleek, slippery design that Mercedes defines as the world’s most aerodynamic, and more tech than some Silicon Valley zip codes.

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They Want to Abolish Police – Let’s Give them What they Want

by: Brent Smith

Are we living in bizarro opposite world or something. A world where the citizens of Columbus, Ohio can actually demand the abolition of police just for doing their job?

The officer who heroically shot the teen thug would appeared to be readying herself to stab another was amazing, having to assess the situation and then act decisively in only seconds. read more