A divided federal appeals court ruled today that the government does not need a probable-cause warrant to access mobile-phone subscribers’ cell-site information, a decision reversing lower court decisions that said the location data was protected by the Fourth Amendment. Read The Full Story
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has been acquitted of aiding the enemy when he shared classified documents on U.S. military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan with WikiLeaks, but he was convicted of lesser charges, including espionage.
One of the biggest failings of conservatives over the years, and especially since the end of the Cold War, has been the failure to understand that the military is big government too. It is full of waste, and much larger than it should be.
Some will always argue that “defense” is specifically enumerated in the Constitution and therefore a legitimate expenditure. It is a legitimate expenditure.
But it is “defense” which is enumerated. Policing all of the world’s sea lanes was not envisioned by our founders. Nor was maintaining an archipelago of bases in every corner of the world. This is hugely expensive and a drain on our economy back home. Read The Full Story
I earlier wrote an article explaining why anarchists ought to stop their Constitution-bashing and start talking with Constitutionalists. Now I want to hit it from the other end, asking what Constitutionalists are prepared to give.
See, "Restore the Constitution!" is a nice motto (some even call themselves "restorationists") but it still leaves out the question of which constitution they intend to restore. The current one, with all the amendments? That, and an additional amendment saying, "We really mean it!", or adding some other enforcement mechanism? The Constitution originally ratified, with no amendments? Or with just with the Bill of Rights? Are you going to dump the General Welfare clause? Are you going to narrow the Commerce clause? Are you going to modify the verbiage about taxation? Are you going to keep the 14th Amendment, which was clearly improperly ratified and conflicts with the 10th Amendment? Are you going to keep the bait-and-switch 16th Amendment, installed by Progressives and enabling the out-of-control growth of government? Are you going to recognize nullification or secession?
It's time to go beyond the mindless "Rah-rah Constitution!" and tell us what you are actually shooting for. Whenever an anarchist hears the statement, "Restore the Constitution!", the first question out of his mouth should be, "Which Constitution?" Read The Full Story
If you think civics class and studying the Constitution wasn't important in junior high, you missed out on some really good life training. Civics, you might remember, is "the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of citizenship, its rights and duties; the duties of citizens to each other as members of a political body and to the government." It is also "the study of civil law and civil code, and the study of government with attention to the role of citizens - as opposed to external factors - in the operation and oversight of government." Read The Full Story