United States Constitution - Discussion & Debate
When the Senate Intelligence Committee passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act by a vote of 14 to 1, committee chairman Senator Richard Burr argued that it successfully balanced security and privacy.
What should happen if someone threatens to kill you on social media? Are they protected by the First Amendment right guaranteeing the right to freedom of speech, or are they breaking the law? We will soon know now the answer after the Supreme Court rules on a case that may have far reaching ramifications well beyond the single case they are hearing.
Five million people were just informed they don't have to worry about uprooting their entire lives and be sent back to a country they no longer call home. Five million people were just informed they will be able to come out of the shadows and not have to continue to constantly look over their shoulders.
What is it about a United States citizen exercising their greatest Constitutionally mandated right that scares so many Republicans? It's a question that should bother everyone on both sides of the aisle because voting is not a Republican or Democratic right, but is a right for every legal citizen in this country.
Six million disenfranchised citizens; voter identification laws that disproportionally affect minorities and the poor; moving polling stations, reducing early voting days, and canceling Sunday voting altogether. Welcome to the Jim Crow of the 21st Century. It's less sexy than the racist laws of the 20th Century, but it's just as dangerous.
In my previous blog article, Campaign Finance Reform going nowhere fast, I covered the wave of spending that followed the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United versus FEC decision.
Republican Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed the "Safe Carry Protection Act" into state law on 4/23/2014. This law is being dubbed the "guns everywhere" bill by its critics. Here are the in's and out's of this incredibly controversial law, that goes into effect on July 1st.
April 15th is a day that elicits a strong emotion in many of us Americans. While millions of Americans have already filed their Federal Income taxes, there are always millions more procrastinators out there who wait until the final minute to submit their paperwork. Everyone has their own reasons for doing their taxes when they do them.
|Amendments to the Constitution||3467||96|
|Bill of Rights||3259||68|
|1st Amendment||Freedom of Speech, Religion & Press||170||17|
|Establishment Clause||Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion||0||0|
|Free Exercise Clause||Congress shall make no law... prohibiting the free exercise thereof [religion]...||0||0|
|2nd Amendment||Right to bear arms||2986||117|
|3rd Amendment||Prohibits the forced quartering of soldiers out of war time||1||2|
|4th Amendment||Prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based o...||37||9|
|5th Amendment||Sets out rules for indictment by grand jury and eminent domain, protects the right to due process,...||5||7|
|6th Amendment||Protects the right to a fair and speedy public trial by jury, including the rights to be notified...||7||2|
|7th Amendment||Provides for the right to trial by jury in certain civil cases, according to common law||1||2|
|8th Amendment||Prohibits excessive fines and excessive bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishment||1||6|
|9th Amendment||Protects rights not enumerated in the constitution.||2||2|
|10th Amendment||Limits the powers of the federal government to those delegated to it by the Constitution||10||3|
|11th Amendment||Immunity of states from suits from out-of-state citizens and foreigners not living within the stat...||1||0|
|12th Amendment||Revises presidential election procedures||1||1|
|Reconstruction Amendments||Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth amendments to the United States Constitution, adopted betwee...||96||12|
|13th Amendment||Abolishes slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime||14||2|
|14th Amendment||Defines citizenship, contains the Privileges or Immunities Clause, the Due Process Clause, the Equ...||73||8|
|15th Amendment||Prohibits the denial of suffrage based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude||9||1|
|16th Amendment||Allows the federal government to collect income tax||6||1|
|17th Amendment||Establishes the direct election of United States Senators by popular vote||1||1|
|18th Amendment||Prohibition of Alcohol||27||7|
|19th Amendment||Establishes women's suffrage right to vote||7||1|
|20th Amendment||Fixes the dates of term commencements for Congress (January 3) and the President (January 20); kno...||1||0|
|21st Amendment||Repeals the Eighteenth Amendment||27||2|
|22nd Amendment||Limits the president to two terms, or a maximum of 10 years||13||1|
|23rd Amendment||Provides for representation of Washington, D.C. in the Electoral College||0||0|
|24th Amendment||Prohibits the revocation of voting rights due to the non-payment of poll taxes||13||1|
|25th Amendment||Codifies the Tyler Precedent; defines the process of presidential succession||20||0|
|26th Amendment||Establishes the official voting age to be 18 years old||1||1|
|27th Amendment||Prevents laws affecting Congressional salary from taking effect until the beginning of the next se...||2||0|
As the news broke late this afternoon, the politicos of Washington stared into their smartphones, stunned, struggling with what to make of it. TV networks cut into their regularly scheduled programming. Chyrons promising “breaking news” actually delivered it: President Donald Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey.
It only took a week after Donald Trump’s inauguration before Democrats and the media began to warn that our democracy faces a grave and potentially fatal threat. On the second weekend of Trump’s presidency, when customs officials began enforcing his hastily imposed ban on travel from Muslim nations, Senator Cory Booker dashed out to Dulles Airport and told a crowd of protesters that the American rule of law was under assault. “I believe it’s a constitutional crisis,” Booker declared. Two days later, when Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce the ban, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer practically had the question, “Are we on the verge of a constitutional crisis?” on auto-repeat.
Just when you think things can’t get crazier in the new Trump Administration, they do. On Wednesday, standing beside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a White House press conference, Donald Trump blamed the press, the intelligence agencies, and Hillary Clinton for the ouster of Michael Flynn, his former national-security adviser.
Are we in a constitutional crisis? Well, no. As silly as the president declaring “SEE YOU IN COURT” in all caps on Twitter is, it’s not exactly a sign that he’s willing to bypass the judiciary altogether, which really would portend a crisis.
We are the only country in which guns outnumber people — a fact that came true in 2009. Yet, we keep manufacturing more and more guns.
The Constitution vests in the President the power to appoint judges to the Supreme Court. It’s a duty that I take seriously, and one that I will fulfill in the weeks ahead. It’s also one of the most important decisions that a President will make. Rulings handed down by the Supreme Court directly affect our economy, our security, our rights, and our daily lives.
In his quest to catch the Road Runner, the Coyote in the old Warner Brothers cartoons would always order supplies from the ACME Corporation, but they never performed as advertised. Either they didn’t work at all, or they blew up in his face. Which brings us to the idea of a so-called Article V convention assembled for the purpose of proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, an idea currently enjoying some vogue at both ends of the political spectrum.
“If every private citizen had the right to carry a musket, a thousand people would've shot Patrick Henry by now, am I right?”
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