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The Third Amendment makes all the others possible

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3:00pm 3/1/2015 at 3:00pm
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It’s often said that the Second Amendment makes all the others possible.

Let’s take a step back.

The Second Amendment is good, I’ll admit.  But as readers know, the Third Amendment is just as — if not more — important:

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the...

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Will Obama run or pass at end of his 4th Quarter?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 3:00pm 2/4/2015 at 3:00pm
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(This post is just an excuse to gloat over the Patriots’ victory, but please read on, there’s a point here someplace.)

Has there ever been a more exciting Super Bowl final quarter than the one we saw during the Patriots’ latest win?

First, there was the improbable, amazing, super-stupendous “what the ****...

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Prohibition, Taxes, and the Allure of the Nanny State

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 16, 2015 at 8:30am 1/16/2015 at 8:30am
When the 18th amendment was ratified

This day in 1919 was irrefutably one of the darkest days in American history — the day the 18th amendment to the Constitution was ratified, making Prohibition the law of the land.

Forever the hallmark of nanny-statism run amok, Prohibition was a progressive dream come true — an amendment to the...

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House funding bill blocks Obama’s amnesty — Shutdown or Capitulation to follow?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 3:00pm 1/14/2015 at 3:00pm
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John Boehner gave a speech today that I could have written for him about Obama’s lawless immigration actions.

The speech hit all the right notes in connection with passage of a House funding bill for...

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“We have so lost the messaging”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 5, 2015 at 1:36pm 1/5/2015 at 1:36pm
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As a follow up to my USA Today column, Constitution’s horrible, no good, very bad year, I was interviewed on the Steve Malzberg Show on NewsMax TV, with Betsy McCaughey guest hosting.

I need to figure out the Skype thing a little better. What do you think?

Maybe I’ll buy a fake backdrop...

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Obama and the Constitution

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 8:30am 12/30/2014 at 8:30am
William A. Jacobson Larry O'Connor Show December 29 2014

On December 29, 2014, I appeared on Washington’s Drive at Five hosted by Larry O’Connor on WMAL 630 in D.C.

The topic was my column in USA Today, Constitution’s horrible, no good, very bad year.

Take a listen.

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2014: The year the Constitution lived dangerously

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 7:00pm 12/28/2014 at 7:00pm
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As part of my continuing efforts to reach new audiences, I have a column at USA Today, Constitution’s horrible, no good, very bad year:

As 2014 comes to a close, it’s worth considering the Obama administration legacy as we head into 2015.

Certainly, there were scandals. The IRS played hide and seek with documents...

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Police target licensed marijuana growers with civil forfeiture

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 5, 2014 at 1:20pm 12/5/2014 at 1:20pm
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Back in August, the City of Philadelphia made headlines after their police department was busted using asset forfeiture procedures to pad city coffers. Now, officers in Michigan are under fire for targeting private citizens for forfeiture—without ever accusing those people of a crime.

Southwest Michigan residents and medical marijuana license holders Wally...

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My Thanksgiving thanks

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 12:30pm 11/27/2014 at 12:30pm
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Thanks to many for making this Thanksgiving so meaningful.

This is not an exhaustive list, but it’s a good start:

  • The Wife. We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary earlier this year.
  • The Kids. Three great ones.
  • Health, and Mandy’s recovery.
  • The U.S. of A. Still the place to be.
  • The Constitution and Bill of Rights. Beats any...
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Once upon a time, Hillary was against “an imperial presidency”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 1:30pm 11/23/2014 at 1:30pm
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Wow. It’s not often that I can say it but this new video from the GOP is really powerful.

Whoever made this video deserves a promotion. The ad uses an audio track of Hillary Clinton criticizing George W. Bush’s so-called “imperial presidency.”

Via the Washington Free Beacon:

An Imperial Presidency

A new video released...

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Obama’s amnesty plan turns discretion into illegitimate defiance

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 10:30am 11/16/2014 at 10:30am
Barack Obama reacts to the passing of Healthcare bill March 2013 (Wikimedia Commons)

One of the most frequent questions I get is “How can we stop Obama from ….”

The ellipses reflects that there are a variety of issues on which people want Obama stopped.

The answer to most of those questions is, as Obama himself suggested, to go out and win some elections.

And that is...

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ISIS threat presents a chance for Congress to reassert its constitutional relevance

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 7:00pm 11/11/2014 at 7:00pm
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In a recent op-ed for the Daily Beast, Senator Rand Paul became the latest critic of what many see as a long history of Presidential abuse of power stretching back to Richard Nixon. In his piece, entitled “Obama’s ISIS war is illegal,” Paul made clear his view that ...

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What would John Adams say?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 12:00pm 11/9/2014 at 12:00pm
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A constitutional crisis may loom on the horizon if President Obama follows through on his threats of executive action on immigration reform.

So it might be a good time to revisit what the Founders had to say about protecting future generations from the kind of tyranny that could occur even...

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Citizen journalists don’t need “Press Credentials” — but that badge may help

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Guest Post by Tom Thurlow  ▪  Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 5:00pm 10/5/2014 at 5:00pm
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Have you noticed that everything nowadays gets videotaped? With everyone suddenly having a smart-phone that photographs and videotapes, every newsworthy or even trivial event gets recorded and presented on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, or onto someone’s blog.

This phenomenon has coincided with the movement of “citizen journalists,” who aim to bring the straight...

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Dem Rep: Without new war vote, Congress forfeiting its constitutional responsibility

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 5:30pm 9/21/2014 at 5:30pm
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Congressman Adam Schiff of California appeared on FOX News Sunday today and said rather plainly that congress has pretty much given up on the rules.

Patrick Brennan of National Review has the details:

Dem Congressman: Is Congress Abdicating Its Consitutional War Powers? ‘Absolutely’

Asked this morning by Fox News’s Chris Wallace whether Congress is...

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Silencing conservative speech

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10:03am 9/6/2014 at 10:03am
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As part of my continuing effort to reach new audiences, I have a column at The Washington Times, A campaign to silence conservative speech:

For years, there has been a multipronged attempt to drive...

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The Bad, Good and Worse news at Obama’s ISIS press conference

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 29, 2014 at 9:17am 8/29/2014 at 9:17am
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I was in class yesterday during Obama’s press conference, in which he announced the obvious: We have no strategy as to ISIS. So I didn’t get to watch it live and see the instant reaction.

There was Bad, Good and Worse news.

The bad news: We have no strategy as to ISIS, or...

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