Constitutional Insights

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What does it mean to say an act of Congress is “unconstitutional”

This entry is part 22 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 22 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsWhen Congress passes a law outside the power granted in the Constitution it acts illegally and the law is unconstitutional. The Constitution’s Article I section 8 lists the subjects Congress may regulate by passing laws. The subjects include:  interstate commerce, post offices, naturalization and more. The last clause of…

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Why bother to Vote?

This entry is part 21 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 21 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsStatistics say only 40% of people who identify themselves as “regular church attending Christians” are registered to vote. Of those 40% only 40% of those people ACTUALLY vote. This post is NOT about voting because… Voting does not secure Liberty but is the MINIMUM responsibility of a member of…

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Why are the powers of Congress listed in the Constitution’s Article I?

This entry is part 20 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 20 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsArticle I Section 8 contains a list of specific congressional power. The intent was to limit Congress to this list of “enumerated” powers. Thirty-five constitutional convention delegates were lawyers. When a legal document lists powers, powers are limited to the list. The Constitution is a legal document. Listing congressional…

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Does the General Welfare Clause the Feds have the authority to provide every whim and social benefit that voters want?

This entry is part 19 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 19 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsGeneral Welfare Revisited; James Madison Responds According to the father of the Constitution the powers delegated to the central government “are few and defined and those that remain in the States are numerous and indefinite.” Fed #45. Madison also explained that those powers are “reserved to external objects” of…

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Was separating power within the federal government enough protection for American liberty?

This entry is part 18 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 18 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsTo protect liberty and freedom the Constitution’s Framers established institutions to separate powers within the central government. For the revolutionary generation this not enough. In addition to separating powers inside the federal government limits on power from the outside were added as well. The states provided this limit by…

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Two Dirty Little Secrets the Feds and their Supremacist Minions don’t want you to know

This entry is part 17 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 17 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsNullification- the 10th Amendment Nullification WORKS. Not only that Nullification IS WORKING. States are standing for their Sovereignty all over the union and they are succeeding in securing the power that was RESERVED to them by the authority of the PEOPLE. Nullification exists, nullification works, and nullification is the…

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Who is most responsible for “separation of powers” in the American Constitution?

This entry is part 16 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 16 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsThe French philosopher Montesquieu developed the separation of powers ideas, James Madison worked to put them into the Constitution. Montesquieu built upon the work of the historian Polybius in writing his 1748 thesis Spirit of the Laws. Montesquieu identified government functions as legislative, executive and judicial. The Constitution’s Framers,…

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Rights vs. Powers – Are they different and if so, how? More importantly, why should you care?

This entry is part 15 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 15 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsMany of us often use the terms, “rights,” and “powers” interchangeably. But if you take a few minutes to reflect on these terms from our founders perspective, they are clearly not the same. Start with the Declaration of the Independence: “We hold these truths to be self- evident, that…

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Yes Really! Religious liberty- protected by the 1st Amendment

This entry is part 14 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 14 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsReligious Liberty requires government stay out of our churches, but it is Christians who have the hardest time making that happen. Because Christians have forgotten Matthew 6:24, No man can serve two masters, it is Christians who have invited government to destroy separation of church and state. Our forefathers…

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Why does the United States have three branches of government?

This entry is part 13 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 13 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsThrough history if a single person made the law, enforced the law and judged the law, there was no law, only the opinion of that person. The Framers believed that separating making law (legislative) from enforcing law (executive) and interpreting the law (judicial) would best protect the freedom of…

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Are your children your responsibility or do they belong to the “STATE”? (2)

This entry is part 12 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 12 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights“Necessity is the plea for every human infringement. It is the argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.” William Pitt the Younger 1783 The government claims ownership of our children because we have bought into the lie that in certain circumstances that power is necessary for the…

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What is the “Law of Nature and Nature’s God”? (2)

This entry is part 11 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 11 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsThere exist in the world things that no government has the power to change. No government can repeal the Law of Gravity. No government can extinguish the desire of human beings to be free. These are natural laws. The Law of Nature is observable in a scientific sense. The…

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SCOTUS is NOT the ultimate arbiter of the Constitution, the STATES hold that power!

This entry is part 10 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 10 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsThe Supreme Court of the United States is NOT the ultimate arbiter of the Constitution, the STATES hold that power. How does it make any sense that part of the federal government holds the authority to determine the power of the whole? It makes NO SENSE and as a…

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How are the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution connected?

This entry is part 9 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 9 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsThe “self-evident” truths in the Declaration of Independence grow out of “the Law of Nature and of Nature’s God…” The Natural Law referred to is recognized by the Constitution. This recognition was critical to balance the need for an organized society and every individual’s natural desire for freedom. The…

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Are We Really in the Middle of a Constitutional Crisis?

This entry is part 8 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 8 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsMany of us have a growing awareness that the federal government is overstepping the bounds of its constitutional authority. Charles Murray, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, recently published a Cato Letter, “Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission.” It should leave all freedom loving Americans shaken. His introduction begins “The…

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This week’s Point To Ponder: What is the Role of Government in the lives of free people?

This entry is part 7 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 7 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsWe hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from…

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Why study the Declaration of Independence to understand the Constitution?

This entry is part 6 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 6 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insightsby David Shestokas ,Constitutional Sound Bites Study of the Declaration of Independence is crucial to understanding the Constitution. The Declaration told England’s King George and the world why the colonies were separating from England. Importantly it also explained to the American people the philosophy of the new nation. Without…

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This week’s Point To Ponder: The 1st Amendment Contains 5 Individual Liberties. Can you name them without looking?

This entry is part 5 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 5 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsThe 1st Amendment Contains 5 Individual Liberties. Can you name them without looking? If you can’t HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN THEY ARE BEING TAKEN AWAY? Freedom of Religion: You have a right to practice any religion that you happen to choose and the government can do nothing to…

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Do You Know What the U.S. Constitution Really Is?

This entry is part 4 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 4 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsIs the Constitution of the United States, as some believe, a contract between the people and the federal government? You may be surprised at the answer. In 1776, thirteen individual colonies declared their independence as “Independent Nation States.” In 1783, the Treaty of Paris, signed by the thirteen, plus…

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The Founding of a Nation on Ideas

This entry is part 3 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 3 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsIn 1787 the American experiment in self-government was in danger. The country had been founded just 11 years earlier based on ideas that had never before served as principles to guide a nation. In 1776 The Declaration of Independence summarized these ideas. The principles revolved around beliefs in the…

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This week’s Point to Ponder: Are We a Democracy?

This entry is part 2 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 2 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsWhen we understand what a Constitutional Republic really is we become aware of our own responsibilities. We need to know WHY our framers chose a Constitutional Republic. So let me take a shot at explaining. Our framers knew that they wanted to preserve Liberty. They wanted to choose a…

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Constitutional Insights (introduction to this weekly series)

This entry is part 1 of 22 in the series Constitutional Insights

This entry is part 1 of 22 in the series Constitutional InsightsQuestion: Is the U.S. Constitution relevant today? Some argue that it cannot possibly be relevant because our founders could never have foreseen the complex, interconnected world we live in. In addition, some claim it was created by fallible men, and therefore must be imperfect. Others argue that it affirms…

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