Post Tagged with: "Constitution"

What Judge Has NO Lawmaking Authority?

What Judge Has NO Lawmaking Authority?

Following up on my column from two weeks ago where I explained the constitutionality of banning refugees that both presidents Obama and Trump initiated, I chose this week to ask the question, “What judge has no lawmaking authority?” The answer, of course, is any federal judge in these United States of America.

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‘Bribery’ of a President and the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution

‘Bribery’ of a President and the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution

Consider the lawsuit against President Trump. It claims that the President is in violation because his corporation might profit if a foreign government rents rooms at the corporation’s hotel.

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University Students, Protecting the First Amendment IS Intellectual

University Students, Protecting the First Amendment IS Intellectual

Winston Churchill made the statement, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry on as if nothing ever happened”. The First Amendment happens to be that truth for our American universities.

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Should a Mississippi Town Have to Remove a Christian Flag?

Should a Mississippi Town Have to Remove a Christian Flag?

The United States Code refers to the Declaration of Independence as the “organic law” of the United States. And the Declaration clearly claims that there is an Almighty Creator God, that our rights come from Him, and that the purpose of civil government is to protect and defend the God-given rights of the people. The Declaration makes reference to the Bible, God’s Word, as the source of earthly, legal authority.

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How to Stop a New ‘Right to Immigrate’

How to Stop a New ‘Right to Immigrate’

There is no constitutional right to immigrate to the U.S. or to be a refugee, but courts may be about to legislate one from the bench. It is hard not to worry that such an outcome is imminent as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals considers briefs from the Trump administration and the states of Washington and Minnesota, who are suing to overturn the temporary travel restrictions issued by President Donald Trump against seven countries that are terrorist hot spots.

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President Obama signs an Executive Order lifting restrictions on stem cell research as well as a Presidential Memorandum ensuring that sound science be protected from politics. (Photo credit: Chuck Kennedy, White House photographer)

Executive Orders: Doing a Good Thing in a Bad Way

While I expected that if Donald Trump got elected and really did follow through on his promise to end the Johnson Amendment he would use the bully pulpit to motivate congress to repeal it, if reports of a leaked executive order draft are correct, President Trump has instead chosen to issue an executive order which instructs the executive branch to ignore this law.

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The Constitutionality of Executive Orders Banning Refugees

The Constitutionality of Executive Orders Banning Refugees

In 1952 Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States. This allows the president the ability to “suspend the entry” of “any class of aliens” that he finds are “detrimental to the interest of the United States.”

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Donald Trump (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

The ‘Box of Chocolates’ Administration

For a guy who during the campaign frequently couldn’t maintain the same position on a given issue twice in a 24 hour period, when it comes to pure policy, President Donald Trump is doing fairly well so far. We have yet to see what he will use the bully pulpit of the presidency to call for congress to send him (e.g. his new unconstitutional paid maternity leave entitlement?), but at least with regard to actions he can put into motion on his own, Trump isn’t doing too shabby.

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Oil painting of George Washington's inauguration as the first President of the United States which took place on April 30, 1789

The First Presidential Inauguration of these United States

This week I will have the privilege to attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. While this is truly an honorable day and tradition for Americans, did you know there are seven distinct religious activities in the first presidential inauguration that have been repeated in whole or part during every subsequent inauguration?

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Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions: I Will Not Defend the U.S. Constitution

Thanks to Steve Deace for pointing out that Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has told us he will not defend the U.S. Constitution.

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