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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Our Nation’s Foundations – Lesson Six: National Security

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by Oletta Branstiter Second Purpose of Government After protecting our rights, what is the most important thing a government should do? The Constitution says that our Federal Government should spend money from taxpayers to protect our nation – especially its borders. They realized that our land has vast resources that other countries might want to take by force. So, an Army, Navy, National Guard, Air Force, and any other armed services should be well-funded to protect us and our national interests. Our fourth pillar of principle is National Security. Add…

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Newt Gingrich’s “Understanding Trump” – No Thanks Newt, It’s Not That Complicated

by Richard Cameron “Understanding Trump” I happened to be randomly making a tour of the Costco in Glendale, Arizona while my mother was having an eye exam.  In the course of my aimless rambling, strolling past the books offered for sale – one hardcover book arrested my attention.  It was “Understanding Trump” by none other than persistent Trump carney barker, Newt Gingrich. That such a book had arrived on the scene a week or so ago, eluded me, given that I am not the target audience for it. The target demo…

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Boiling Over – How Profit and Power Undermined Principle to Produce a Revolution

By Oletta Branstiter The Real Revolution – the Global Story of American Independence, by Marc Aronson, focuses on the concurrent lives of three 18th century British soldiers Robert Clive, James Wolfe, and George Washington and their influence on the American Revolution. Equally compelling is how the hypocritical ideologies played out simultaneously on three separate continents converged to set the stage for rebellion. Some political realities set the groundwork for this unfolding history. England established the East India Company, colonizing cities in sweltering India in the year 1600. While a British parliament…

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