But can you imagine how different impeachment proceedings would look if a Senator were appointed by his state legislature?
The powers and authorities of the physical universe show us the origins of human rights. The highest of these, the right to choose, points to the best form of government.
The Confederacy was a failed attempt at a co-op among the 13 colonies whose revolution made them sovereign nations. When the Confederacy failed, the need for unification became clear. Each of these nations/states had their own constitution. Those 13 constitutions protected the rights of the people from the oppression they had just escaped. Today, Constitution Day 2019, we celebrate 13…Continue reading Celebrating 13 Constitutions
The pro-gunners want Congress to do this, and the anti-gunners what Congress to do that. Same for religious issues. Well, there are 102 major legislative bodies in the United States. Most of them have authority to write laws about guns and religion. Can you name the two that don’t have that authority? The first amendment says “Congress shall make no…Continue reading God and Guns
On March 4, 2019, we commemorate the inauguration of the most transcendent legal document ever written: the Constitution of the United States of America. The thirteen colonies fought off the English and became sovereign states. Thirteen years after 1776, and thousands of discussions over back fences and in the public square, a new constitution was crafted. The date set for…Continue reading The Birth of Confidence: The New Constitution
There is a reason that the wall of separation between church and state cannot take down the Bladensburg Peace Cross memorial. (The proper name for the case is: The American Legion v. American Humanist Association.) Even SCOTUS seems unaware of the profound conflict hidden in that wall. But here it is. Let’s Keep This Simple Some believe that God created man,…Continue reading Bladensburg and the Wall That Couldn’t
The “United States of America” has become a misnomer. In 1776, “state” and “nation” were synonyms. The USA could have been named “The United Nations of America”, the UNA. After pushing the British off our shores, the colonies became independent nations but they usually called themselves states. The founders’ goal was to create a federation of these nations, a political…Continue reading The Resurgent States of America
The right to life is the most fundamental natural right. When a life ends, all other questions of rights go moot. As long as there are people around who have little or no respect for the lives of others, who think to break and plunder and steal, or to seek revenge for real or imagined wrongs, just so long will…Continue reading The Right to Life and to Bear Arms
When you step onto the soil of backcountry Alaska, you lose your place at the top of the food chain. And you’d better be aware of that because the grizzly bear really likes his position at the top. But then, that’s his natural right, isn’t it? There is also a natural right that gives a cunning person the power to…Continue reading Socialism: The Law of the Jungle
Under the Confusing Wall Between Church and State Jack Phillips of Lakewood, Colorado refused to bake a cake to celebrate a gay marriage. The citizens who wanted the cake took the matter to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. This is a case in point for the book I’m writing about separation of church and state. Laws designed to separate church…Continue reading Jack Phillips: Victim of Church and State