The Constitution’s Emoluments Clause – The Case Against Trump?

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by Paul Hamlin Emoluments, seems like a strange word in modern conversation and it is a confusing word when applied to modern politics.  This idea has come back to the forefront of the national political conversation, and as always there are several interpretations and several different solutions based primarily on what side of the political isle you find yourself on. If we try to take off our partisan hats and look at all sides of the emoluments clause and the constitution, what does that look like? Benjamin Franklin’s Snuffbox European…

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“WE THE PEOPLE” – What It Meant, What It Should And Where We Lost Our Way

by Paul Hamlin   “We The People” In modern political history there has rarely been three more radical, more revolutionary words spoken or written.  “We the people” represents an idea far bigger, far greater than the simple everyday petty politics.  The Constitution is the idea that all people should focus on first, arguments about policy and process should be wrapped in the founding document. The dream of America, of representative governments, was and is that people, ordinary people, would see a need, a gap or a void and that out…

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Collusion – Where Is The Actual Crime?

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By Lynda Bryant-Work   Collusion. Collusion. Collusion. The collusion drama plot thickens. The tangled web between President Donald Trump and Russia continues to get darker and the Jerry Springer-like antics of the president on Twitter and misinformation cloud the issue. As most know, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, revealed that he, along with Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, chairman for his 2016 presidential election campaign, met with a Russian government lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, in June of 2016. Prior to the meeting, a mutual…

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Up In Flames – The Impact Of Party Politics

by Paul Hamlin Our system is broken.  The way we do elections, our political party system and the expectations placed on our congress people is so flawed that we need to make considerations about, not just how we fix it, but who should be permitted to fix it. Congress has become a divisive and divided group of people with an eye on the next election and the other on harming their “enemy”.  Remember that elected officials are the employees of the people, not the other way around.  We do not…

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Power Of Impeachment And The Trump Presidency

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by Paul Hamlin Impeachment talk is on the rise in national politics.  Our nation is divided deeply by the words, actions and policies of the current administration.  We recently had a group of (58) from the House of Representatives bring forward articles of impeachment against President Trump and it was quickly tabled. The division in the nation has many scrambling to simply vote for the candidates that are most likely to bring forward articles of impeachment. Maybe, we should slow down and look a little deeper into impeachment before we base our entire…

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Self-Pardon: Trump’s Get Out of Jail Free Card

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By Lynda Bryant-Work Contrary to the Constitution, President Donald Trump has the idea he can commit federal crimes – and pardon himself, giving him a wide-open field for law breaking and corruption. Trump made the assertion in a recent tweet, where he cited several “legal scholars” for the basis of his declaration – though he made no reference to Constitutional law.  In the tweet, Trump claimed that “numerous legal scholars” were the basis for his declaration. “But why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?” Trump quipped.…

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The Speech That Brought Down Richard Nixon

screen capture of C-Span coverage of House Member Barbara Jordan's speech during impeachment proceedings of Richard M. Nixon

by Tony Wyman “My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total.  I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the Constitution.” Those words were spoken by the daughter of a Baptist minister and warehouseman, a woman whose mother cleaned the homes of wealthy families in Houston, Texas, the place she was born in 1936, twenty-eight years before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forever ended legally enforceable racial segregation in the United States…

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How Functioning Conservatism Can Point The Way To Needed Reform

By Janice Barlow What is Functioning Conservatism? ACCORDING TO PHIL WILLIAMS, man of many hats who coined the term, Functioning Conservatism is: “Doing conservative things instead of just sounding conservative. It is actually producing an outcome instead of just stating that one holds to conservative values.” Functioning conservatism shows how the Constitution protects We the People and gives us religious liberty, instead of being problematic. It illustrates how the Bill of Rights creates equality for everyone instead of being unfair and racist. And it proves that the Rule of Law…

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Second Amendment Isn’t About Guns

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By Lynda Bryant-Work   “What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty …. Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.” Mass, Rep. Elbridge Gerry, I Annals of Congress 750, August 17, 1789. “The Second Amendment.” For those who grew up in America, they have heard those words spoken with feeling – forceful and direct. Both advocates…

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Second Amendment: Once Gone, There Is No Turning Back

By Lynda Bryant-Work Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin, 1755.  Every student of American history knows the words. And every lover of liberty has heard them and known that they speak to that great truth about the constitution of civilized government – that governments are empowered to protect its citizens in a devil’s bargain from which they will lose in the long run. Through the history of the world, tyrants have sought power under the guise…

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