Time To Revisit Lifetime Supreme Court Appointments

It was my understanding that the Supreme Courts’ only job was to determine if the laws and regulations passed by Congress or executive order by the President were constitutional and everything else was to be done by the state courts.

Well, they have never done that in my lifetime and became a rubber stamp for FDR not because they thought what he was doing was constitutional but because he threatened to stack the court if they didn’t.

So much for the honor and separation of the court.

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What Does Separation of Church and State Mean?

By John Eastman

Nearly every American knows the phrase “separation of church and state.” Do you know where it’s from? Here’s a hint: it’s not in the Constitution. John Eastman, professor of law at Chapman University, explains how and why this famous phrase has played such an outsized role in American life and law.

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Police Officer Makes Viral Video Urging Law Enforcement Not To Enforce ‘Tyrannical Orders Against The People’

By  Hank BerrienDailyWire.com – Re-Blogged From Daily Wire
A Port of Seattle police officer made a video urging his fellow officers around the nation to eschew “enforcing tyrannical orders against the people” as a result of stay-at-home and lockdown orders. According to a Go Fund Me page, the officer, Greg Anderson, a reported Special Forces veteran who fought in Iraq, may be terminated from his job because the video was deemed a violation of policy.
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South Dakotans Throw Parade for Gov. Who Kept Her State OPEN

‘I took an oath to uphold these constitutions. My role with respect to public safety is something I take very seriously…’

(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Citizens expressed their thankfulness to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who refused to submit to the coronavirus hysteria and shutter her state, by throwing her a parade.

Firetrucks blasted their sirens and American flags waved on trucks as the vehicles circled Noem’s residence, The Blaze reported.

Noem posted a video of the parade on Twitter.

Frederick Douglass: from Slave to Statesman

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery, but through his own heroic efforts became one of the most influential advocates for freedom in American history. His journey, a tale both agonizing and inspiring, should be known by everyone. Timothy Sandefur, author of “Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man,” guides us through Douglass’ amazing life.

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‘Hell yes, we’re gonna take your AR-15, your AK-47…’

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Liberty Headlines

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke‘s recent vow to take away people’s AR-15 and AK-47 rifles raised one big question: How is it possible to round up the millions of such guns that exist in the United States?

The number of AR-15 and AK-47s in the U.S. is estimated at a staggering 16 million, creating logistical challenges to take them out of circulation. Many gun owners are also unwilling to turn over the weapons, and if the government offered to buy them all back at face value, the price tag could easily run into the billions of dollars.

Could Beto O'Rourke's Gun Confiscation Plan Work?

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Preferred Pronouns or Prison

ByAbigail Shrier – Re-Blogged From Prager University
“He.” “She.” “They.” Have you ever given a moment’s thought to your everyday use of these pronouns? It has probably never occurred to you that those words could be misused. Or that doing so could cost you your business or your job—or even your freedom. Journalist Abigail Shrier explains how this happened and why it’s become a major free speech issue.
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“Constitution Does Not Require Complete Separation Of Church & State” -Lynch v. Donnelly, 1984

By William Federer – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

Justice William Orville Douglas served the longest term on the bench in the Supreme Court’s history — 36 years, until his death JANUARY 19, 1980.

He was one of the eight Supreme Court Justices nominated by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

He previously taught law at Columbia Law School and Yale Law School, and served on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Prodding Trump’s EPA to Reexamine Endangerment

By William L. Kovacs – Re-Blogged From WUWT

Campaign rhetoric strongly suggested that the Trump Administration would redress the Obama Administration’s insane attempts to regulate every aspect of society in a futile attempt to control nature and climate. President Trump withdrew from the Paris Accord, initiated repeal of the Clean Power Plan, sought a reasonable replacement for the plan, and turned off the regulatory fire hose. Great start!

But two years in, it is clear that the administration has stalled on dealing with the most significant part of Obama regulatory overreach: the 2009 Endangerment Finding – the Environmental Protection Agency’s declaration that plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the health and welfare of current and future generations.

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California: Despite Strict Gun Control, Mom Buys Gun & Protects Kids from Home Invader

By Matt Agorist – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

Taft, CA — In a reaction to the Parkland, Fl shooting, California Gov. Jerry Brown just signed the strictest gun control laws in the county into action this month—again. Despite already having the strictest gun laws in the nation, California took it one step further, making it that much harder for citizens to defend themselves. Luckily, however, one mom in Taft, California was able to acquire a gun that she used to protect her four children from a home invader.

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Money, Fake Money, And Sound Money

By JP Cortez – Re-Blogged From Gold Eagle

Americans no longer carry gold and silver money in our pockets and purses as our grandparents did. But we still carry the history, legacy, and spirit of those gold and silver coins in our language.

“Sound money” embodies a clear message recognized for centuries around the world. It describes the musical, metallic ring of a gold, silver, or copper coin dropped on any hard surface of glass, stone, wood, or metal.

Sound money literally refers to real wealth, with a natural, unmistakable signature of authenticity, as opposed to the paper, plastic, and electronic debt instruments used almost exclusively today.

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Charlottesville, Harvard Lawsuit, and Point-Based Immigration

Re-Blogged From Hillsdale College

HUGH HEWITT: Morning glory, America, from the ReliefFactor.com West Coast studio where dawn is breaking over a smoky sky and Lake Elsinore is surrounded and battling to save its homes, its parks, and its wildlife. Here on the Hillsdale Dialogues, we look at the big issues and the big things that have mattered over the course of the week, the month, the year, the century, the millennium, indeed all of known human history with one or the other from Hillsdale College. All things Hillsdale at hillsdale.edu.

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The Rule of Law; Article 1, Section 8; and Slavery

By Hillsdale College – Re-Blogged From http://blog.hillsdale.edu/online-courses

Transcript:
HUGH HEWITT: And for the Hillsdale Dialogue with Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College. All things Hillsdale are located at hillsdale.edu. All of our conversations dating back to 2013– I was going to say 1813, but that would date us– are collected at hughforhillsdale.com. You can sign up for the free speech digests that Hillsdale College makes available by going to hillsdale.edu. Find Imprimis and give me your email, your mailing address, your snail mail address. It is absolutely free. It is a wonderful addition to your reading material.
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California Judge Blocks Implementation of Gun Magazine Ban

By Bob Adelmann – Re-Blogged From New American

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez issued a temporary injunction against implementation of a California law passed last year that would have turned most of the state’s six million gun owners into criminals overnight. Previous law banned high-capacity magazines (containing more than 10 rounds) but grandfathered in those owners who already possessed them. The new law repeals that exemption and punishes mere possession of the offending magazines with fines and possible jail time, starting on Saturday, July 1.

Said Benitez:

If this injunction [is not issued] hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of otherwise law-abiding citizens will have an untenable choice: become an outlaw, or dispossess one’s self of lawfully acquired property. That is a choice they should not have to make….

The State of California’s desire to criminalize simple possession of a firearm magazine able to hold more than 10 rounds is precisely the type of policy choice that the Constitution takes off the table.

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Government Insolvency Gets Harder to Ignore

By Clint Siegner – Re-Blogged From https://www.moneymetals.com

Several U.S. states and the federal government are hopelessly insolvent. It’s something many bullion investors have known for years.

The real question is when this reality will pierce the mainstream illusion that deficits, and the crushing pile of debt which accompany them, don’t matter. That moment drew closer last week when ratings agencies downgraded Illinois state bonds to one notch above “junk” status.

S&P and Moody’s dropped the state’s creditworthiness rating to BB+/Baa3 – the lowest ever for a U.S. state. Illinois currently has $14.5 billion in unpaid bills and a government deadlocked over forming a new budget.

That stack of bills represents a whopping 40% of the state’s operating budget. At the heart of Illinois’ problems are massive union pension obligations for retired government bureaucrats.

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Renounce Climate Alarmism

By Leo Goldstein – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

“There is no greater mistake than to try to leap an abyss in two jumps”

– David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister in WWI

I think the Republican administration should renounce climate alarmism and climate pseudo-science sharply, unequivocally, and irrevocably.

Climate alarmism is a tool used to wreck America and possibly the rest of Western civilization. It is not about science. It is not about energy policy. It is not even about the power and politics. Climate alarmism is like a memetically engineered weapon of mass destruction unleashed on the U.S. and destroying our country from the inside.

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Executive Orders: Use Them and Lose Them

By Jeremy Frankel – Re-Blogged From iPatriot

Article I of the Constitution gives the power to create and pass laws to Congress. However, Presidents have the power to sign executive orders, which are meant to give laws more specificity and to enforce existing law. However, when Presidents abuse this power, executive orders can become despotic, and the President can become a potential dictator. For example, former President Barack Obama abused his executive authority by frequently signing executive orders during his eight-year tenure, such as executive amnesty (which he had previously called “unconstitutional”), climate change regulations, and his seizure of millions of acres of state lands. The potential abuse of executive orders shows their negatives.

But now we have a new President in Donald Trump. Despite how dangerous executive orders can be, Trump’s only recourse to reverse Obama’s disastrous legacy is to implement executive orders of his own. Amazingly, Trump is using the pen and phone Obama left for him to reverse course and keep his promises. His orders have included reinstituting the Mexico City Policy, which bans federal funding of international abortions; withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); imposing a hiring freeze for the federal government other than military, inevitably shrinking the government’s size; and easing the “regulatory burdens” of ObamaCare, including fiscal burdens such as taxes or penalties for individuals, health insurance companies, and others.

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Italy Referendum: ‘Period of Uncertainty’ Predicted After Matteo Renzi’s Defeat

Re-Blogged From The Guardian

Last month, Italy voted to reject changes to the country’s Constitution. The rejection was another step toward Italy leaving the EU and eventual breakup of the European Economic Community.

California Governor Ok’s Voting for Illegals!

By Austin Miles – Re-Blogged From http://ipatriot.com

SACRAMENTO 11/1/16–California Governor Jerry Brown is better known in the Golden State as Governor Moonbeam, and for good reason. First of all, Brown, seemingly not knowing who or what he is, started his adult life in a Jesuit School, training to be a priest. He then switched to Buddhism, a religion that first requires adherents to empty their minds so as not to be distracted by things of the world, a discipline that has been consistently demonstrated throughout his governmental life.

He has used billions of dollars to construct a bullet train that nobody needs, or wants. He spent billions more on a project to drill huge holes under the Delta to ship water from drought weary Northern California where fields are parched, country clubs are closing due to the lack of water for the greens, and Central Valley, one of the world’s main suppliers of vegetables and fruits, needs every drop of water they can get to survive. They have too little as it is. Yet Brown wants to take what little water they have to give it away to others.

He wants to ship this life saving water to Southern California so that basically, the rich movie stars can water their lawns surrounding their mansions and keep their swimming pools full.

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Our 2nd Amendment

By Senator Mark Green – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

On December 15, 1791, the states of our fledgling democracy ratified ten amendments, which became known as the Bill of Rights.

The preamble to the Bill of Rights states it clearly, “the conventions of a number of states …expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers.” The intent of the Bill Of Rights was to restrain government abuses. These were designed to be checks and balances on the government. The second amendment reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Here, the founders state that to keep the state free, people have the right to keep and bear arms. The “why” we need a second amendment is clear: to protect a free state – to protect freedom.

James Madison initially proposed these amendments on June 8, 1789. Only six years prior to their proposal, the Treaty of Paris, ending the War with King George, was signed in 1783. The final agreement with England on America’s boundaries did not occur until 1795, with the Jay Treaty. The Bill of Rights was passed within eight years of a bloody war where citizen soldiers picked up their own weapons and overthrew a tyrannical government. It is clear that the authors of the second amendment intended to provide the citizenry a means to defend freedom from government, both at home and abroad.

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The Pentagon Achieves Its Ancient Aim

By Fred Reed – Re-Blogged From http://www.lewrockwell.com

[The military’s budget has room to cut, so it’s an Economic issue. This writer makes it more personal – maybe too personal. -Bob]

Those who try to understand military policy often confuse themselves by focusing on minor matters such as strategy, tactics, logistics, and armament. Here they err. For years the central goal of the military, the brass ring, has been independence from control by civilians. It has been achieved.

In time of war, the first concern of the command is to limit the flow of information to their publics. The actions of the enemy are an important but secondary consideration. Thus militaries strive  to prevent the dissemination of photos of mutilated soldiers or, as in Washington today, of governmentally tortured prisoners. In the United States, which characteristically fights wars unrelated to the safety of the country, the Pentagon must also keep soldiers from being told that they are being sacrifice for the benefit of arms manufacturers and imperialist ambitions. In wars before Vietnam, this was adroitly effected. You could go to jail for criticizing a war.

In Vietnam, something new happened. The press covered the war freely. Reporters went where they pleased, beyond the control of the military. Their publications ran the results. National magazines printed horrific photographs of what was really happening.

Truth tells. The coverage was one of the two factors that forced Washington to quit the war. The other was the passionate unwillingness of young men to be forced to fight a war in which they had no interest. The war, a source of meaning for Washington’s thunderous hawks and fern-bar Napoleons, was getting them killed.

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What Happens When YOU Are Put On A List?

By Mac Slavo – Re-Blogged From http://www.FreedomOutpost.com

After they have come for the terrorists, and the once-legal gun owners, what happens when they come for you?

Secret lists are becoming the law of the land. Overseas, Obama uses a secret list to authorize the killing of suspects (and bystanders) via drone strike. Execution, as determined by “secretive processes, without indictment or trial.” Some of those killed have been American citizens.

Secret lists have been used to determine who can fly on a plane, who is worth watching as a potential terrorist, and who can travel. None of this necessarily requires that a crime has been committed, or that the individual in question has done anything wrong.

But it won’t stop there.

Somewhere down the line, there is a deeper list, a simpler list. Somewhere inside the shadow government, and the ominous and secretive infrastructure it has built and seized, there is a list that doesn’t have to mind the complexities of law, or the subtleties of public scrutiny, but can just mark you down – red or blue.

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Government Actions and Basic Premises

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

Many times, reversing your basic premise can give you valuable insights. Let’s look at oil, religion, and the US Constitution, as well as our political leaders actions in these spheres.

Looking around the world, we see numerous oil exporting countries who also are avowed enemies of the US, either outright like Venezuela and Iran, or surreptitiously like Saudi Arabia. While in the past, OPEC members have curtailed production to keep prices high, now they are in “pedal to the metal” mode, producing as much oil as they can, and have pushed the price so low, many analysts are declaring the death of American production.

Our leaders, most obviously President Obama, have been treating OPEC with kid gloves, while at the same time they are in an undeclared war on US produced energy – mostly of the fossil fuel variety. How might these seemingly at odds actions make sense together?

I expect that most Americans would believe, as a basic premise, that the elected President of the United States is working for the benefit of the American people. So, for the purposes of this mental exercise, let us assume the exact opposite – that President Obama is working AGAINST the best interest of America.

It is a well established fact that the availability of cheap, reliable energy is very well correlated to growth in a country’s Economy, to the people’s Standard of Living, and to the general Well-Being of all who live in that country.

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Banana Republic USA?

By Nicholas Wishek – Re-Bloggd From Eagle Rising

In case you haven’t noticed, the United States is in a real and rapidly increasing danger of becoming a banana republic. That certainly is the apparent goal of this administration and the Democrat Party. The Republicans’ establishment seems content to go along as long as they are included in the ruling class. Putting aside the obvious, that the U.S. economy doesn’t rely on a single crop, Wikipedia’s definition of what defines a banana republic is as follows. “It typically has stratified social classes, including a large, impoverished working class and a ruling plutocracy of business, political, and military elites. This politico-economic oligarchy controls the primary-sector productions to exploit the country’s economy.”

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The Litigators Of War

By Jeffrey Lewis – Re-Blogged From http://www.Silver-Phoenix500.com

`Let the jury consider their verdict,’ the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.

`No, no!’ said the Queen. `Sentence first–verdict afterwards.’

`Stuff and nonsense!’ said Alice loudly. `The idea of having the sentence first!’

`Hold your tongue!’ said the Queen, turning purple.

`I won’t!’ said Alice.

`Off with her head!’ the Queen shouted at the top of her voice.

— Lewis Carroll, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

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Congress Infringes on Due Process: Votes to Allow Obama to Strip You of Right to Travel Without Trial

By Suzanne Hamner – Re-Blogged From http://www.FreedomOutpost.com

Another day, another right lost to the political corruption in Washington. In a move that has garnered almost “no” media attention, the House of Representatives passed HR 237, known as the “FTO (foreign terrorist organization) Passport Revocation Act, which allows the “Obama administration the unilateral power to strip you of your passport and right to travel without a trial or even criminal charges.” This piece of legislation did not receive a “recorded vote” due to the “uncontroversial” support and passed after only 15 minutes of “supposed” debate. For anyone caught up in this “web” wrongly, there is no recourse contained in the legislation to “challenge the status as a non-person involuntarily trapped inside US borders by order of the secretary of state.”

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The Minimalist Surveillance Reforms of USA Freedom

On April 30, the House Judiciary Committee will take up a warmed-over version of last year’s USA Freedom Act. The committee has offered a rather optimistic claim of the surveillance reforms the bill will accomplish if passed — an optimism I do not share (and my skepticism is buttressed by the concerns of transparency advocates and other well-informed NSA critics).

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State Department Tramples 1st & 2nd Amendment Rights

By Paul Bedard – Re-Blogged From http://www.washingtonexaminer.com

NRA: Gun blogs, videos, web forums threatened by new Obama regulation.

Commonly used and unregulated internet discussions and videos about guns and ammo could be closed down under rules proposed by the State Department, amounting to a “gag order on firearm-related speech,” the National Rifle Association is warning.

In updating regulations governing international arms sales, State is demanding that anyone who puts technical details about arms and ammo on the web first get the OK from the federal government — or face a fine of up to $1 million and 20 years in jail.

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What You Need to Know About the EPA/Corps Water Rule: It’s a Power Grab and an Attack on Property Rights

By Daren Bakst – Re-Blogged From http://www.Heritage.org

Abstract

In April 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers published a proposed rule—“Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act”—that defines what waters are covered under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This rule, often referred to as the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule, could cover almost any type of water, giving the two agencies far greater power than authorized under the CWA. The proposed rule is complicated and vague, with little clarity coming from the agencies. There are four key points that should be known about the proposed rule: (1) it is extremely broad; (2) it is an attack on property rights; (3) it exceeds the broadest interpretation of Supreme Court precedent on CWA jurisdiction; and (4) it was developed through a flawed process. Unless Congress acts, this proposed power grab could soon become a reality—the two agencies recently sent their final rule to the Office of Management and Budget for its approval. Congress should require that the agencies withdraw the rule, and then Congress must define what is meant by “waters of the United States.”

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War on Cash vs Bail In

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

There is a pair of troubling items which have been appearing repeatedly in the news lately:

  • There is a War on the use of Cash, and

  • Several banks which have been insolvent (bankrupt in fact) are being given the legal go-ahead to Bail In depositors’ money.

In case you’ve missed these items, or if you don’t understand why they are important, let me explain.

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End Energy Regulation

By Peter Van Doren – Re-Blogged From http://www.downsizinggovernment.org

Large-scale federal intervention into America’s energy markets began in the 1930s and continued through the 1970s. A series of major laws and executive actions sought to control energy prices, regulate electric and gas utilities, and limit imports. Competition was stifled and domestic investment was suppressed.

By the 1970s, the Middle East oil embargoes and other upheavals began making the failure of federal energy interventions clear to policymakers. They reversed course, and took major deregulatory steps in the 1970s and 1980s to free up energy markets, to the ultimate benefit of consumers and the overall economy.

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The Countermand Amendment

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

I have been aware of several calls for Constitutional Amendments (including my own for a Dollar Limit on Federal Spending). Some of these call for a Constitutional Convention, while others merely ask for Congress to limit its own powers.

I just came across a new one (new for me), which makes a lot of sense, although I’d like some time to consider possible unintended consequences. The proposed Amendment is called the “Countermand Amendment.”

Simply put, it would allow 60% of State Legislatures (currently 30 States) to vote to countermand any law, regulation, tax, agency ruling, judicial decision, treaty. These 30 States could render the offending law (etc) to be null and void.

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QE Ends, QE Begins – Now What?

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

The US Federal Reserve (FED) has stopped Quantitative Easing (QE). Japan and the Eurozone have started QE. Buying of various securities, Bonds and Stocks, around the world will be continuing, although which stock and bond markets are manipulated higher will change.

The Japanese stock market took off almost 5% on the news, and debt throughout Europe now carries lower interest rates. This applies even to Spain and Greece, countries on the brink of default.

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Fire FBI Chief James Comey

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

The FBI wants to violate the Constitutional protections – the Right to Privacy and Freedom from Unreasonable Searches – of all Americans. It long has been established Law that the FBI needs a search warrant to tap your telephone. Now they’re trying to get around the Law regarding our cellphone privacy.

Apple and Google are companies in the private, productive sector of the US Economy. One service that they provide is encryption, through

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Legislative Constitutional Review

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

Our leaders take an oath of office in which they pledge to Protect and Defend the US Constitution. They acknowledge that the Constitution is the highest Law of the Land, and that all other laws are subservient to the Constitution.

The US Supreme Court ruled over 200 years ago, in 1803, that they were bound to declare any law that is in conflict with the US Constitution to be null and void. This is called Judicial Review.

The other two branches of our government, the Legislative (Congress) and the Executive (The President), also have this Constitutional responsibility. (To institute Alcohol Prohibition – previously declared Unconstitutional – a Constitutional Amendment was required, and

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