The states of irrelevance: A case for the original United States Senate

By Tom Toth Elections to decide who will control Congressional majorities in the House and Senate are less than seven weeks away, and this calm before the political storm is as good a time as any to analyze the state our government’s most powerful branch—the people’s Congress. Specifically, why exactly do we have two chambers that are elected the same […]

Senate Democrats Declare War on First Amendment

By Rick Manning “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -First Amendment to the United States Constitution The once revered First Amendment […]

VIDEO: Watch Sen. Mike Lee destroy Eric Holder’s defense of Obama’s unlawful executive orders

  Lee: “…Is this [constitutional] analysis undertaken each time the president issues an executive order and…was it undertaken when the president, for example, announced on July 2nd , 2013, that he would not be enforcing the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act…?”   Holder: “…Those kinds of activities are done after consultation with the Justice Department and an analysis […]

Obama the usurper’s pen is mightier than Congress

By Robert Romano “[W]e are not just going to be waiting for a legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need.” That was Barack Obama speaking at a Cabinet meeting on January 14, just hours before the U.S. Senate failed to advance twin proposals to extend long-term unemployment benefits, one by […]

Nullification returns: Mark Levin vs. the Tenth Amendment Center

By Robert Romano Nullification is back. And it is getting heated. For the uninitiated, nullification is a theory of constitutional Tenth Amendment powers wherein states are said to have the power to declare federal law that it deems unconstitutional to be null and void within the boundaries of that state. Yes, that nullification. The one that compelled Congress to authorize […]

Beyond whimper, little Republican response to filibuster demise

By Robert Romano Despite the brazen power grab by Senate Democrats led by Majority Leader Harry Reid to blatantly ignore Senate rules to overcome cloture on most presidential nominees, there has been little Republican backlash to a move that has sharply changed the power structure in Washington, D.C. This is a rule that has stood the test of time for […]

The 17th Amendment: 100 years later

By Tom Toth Since its original design, the United States Senate has undergone two integrally related transformations in design and purpose. In 1913, states voted away their federal legislative voice by ratifying the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, changing the appointment of Senators to a direct election. Under the original bicameral design of the United States legislature, the Senate was […]

Harry Reid kills minority rights in Senate

By Rick Manning A version of this article appeared in The Hill on 11/21/2013 I hope packing the courts with radical nominees is worth it for the Democrats, because they will be in the minority in the Senate in 2015. And if a Republican wins election to the presidency in 2016, it is likely they will be without any recourse to […]

Democrats all but eliminate filibuster, replace it with the law of the jungle

By Robert Romano Standing Rule XXII of the Senate clearly states that “to amend the Senate rules… the necessary affirmative vote shall be two-thirds of the Senators present and voting,” but none of that matters anymore. Senate Democrats under Harry Reid have changed the rules regarding cloture on most presidential nominees with just a simple majority — an egregious power […]

Barack Obama compromises Oval Office

By Tom Toth Barack Obama has compromised the Oval Office by abandoning his Constitutional role as Chief Executive in exchange for that of a self-limiting, autocratic Head of State, enforcing the United States Code at the whim of his own hubris. Today, the president took to his podium to announce that the federal government would no longer enforce a portion […]

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